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Johnson City Public Schools Foundation

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation was chartered in 1989 to enrich public education in Johnson City. The independent, community-based foundation was established specifically to fund innovative programs and activities not provided in the system’s operating budget to enhance learning experiences for students and teachers in the Johnson City School System.

As a non-profit organization, the Johnson City Public Schools Foundation works in partnership with the school system, to provide funds for projects,  teacher grants as well as manage donations for student’s scholarships.

Board Members:


Tembra Aldridge (President)

Bob Parker (President Elect)

Ed Basconi (Treasurer)

Lisa Smalling (Secretary)

Board Members

Gayle Hughes

Jackie Isbell,

Lemy Hutson (Past President)

Kathy Calhoun

Mike Washington

Peggy Voitlein

Stephen Dixon

Anna Ingram

Edward Herbert

Steve Darden


Annual Fundraising Project:

SPELL-A-BRATION - this annual fun event raises funds for special projects, not funded by the regular school budget. 

Remember the annual spelling bee when you were in school? This event is less stressful than you remember and much more fun with teams of 4 adults working together to correctly spell words on a white board.  Teams come up with creative names and costumes. Your registration fee goes to a worthy cause, and you and your friends have a great evening of fun competition and laughter.


Past Special Projects funded by the JCPSF:

2020: Liberty Bell Middle School Digital Communications Lab 

2019: Science Hill AV Studio

2018: Steam Bus 

The STEAM Bus is now a reality. In only one year’s time, the Foundation was able to raise the necessary funds to retrofit a retired school bus with the latest in technology and learning tools. The STEAM Bus travels around to the eight elementary schools throughout the school year and allows teachers to present hands-on lessons geared toward the use of STEAM principles that center around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.



Teacher Mini-Grants

The purpose of Teacher Mini-Grants is to promote quality teaching and enhanced learning in Johnson City Schools. These grants reward educators for developing innovative program ideas, based on best practices, with a goal of providing our students with a quality education. Applications for the teacher mini-grants will be accepted from August 4 to October 8, 2021.

Grant Writing Tips for Teachers

Grant Application

Mini-Grant Scoring Rubric

Principal's Guide to Grants


Student Scholarships

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation receives donations that fund several memorial and honorary awards and scholarships awarded each spring to outstanding seniors at Science Hill High School. These include:

Amanda Minutolo Scholarship

Love of Community Scholarship

World Language Scholarship

Mildred Perryman West Women in Science Award

Mark Slagle Scholarship

Plato’s Closet Scholarship

E.E. Hawkins Outstanding Math Award

Johnson City Public Schools Foundation Scholarship

Science Hill seniors should contact guidance counselors for more information about these scholarships. A complete list of locally funded scholarships can be found on the SH Counseling Corner.


Make a Donation

Make checks payable to Johnson City Public Schools Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 1517 Johnson City, TN 37605.


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Last Updated: September 12, 2023