Board: We must approve fundraisers before event

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2011

Those in the Andalusia City School System wishing to sponsor a fundraiser must obtain approval from the city school board.

This is not a new rule, but school officials want to remind heads of departments, athletic clubs and the likes, that this is board policy.

Sponsors for fundraisers should submit the request to the respective school’s principal, who will in turn present it to the board.

ACS Superintendent Ted Watson said the reason for the policy is to protect local residents.

“A few years ago, we had businesses solicit money from people, and no money went to the schools,” he said.

In a special-called board meeting Tuesday night, board members approved the Andalusia High School Quarterback Club’s Hall of Fame banquet on Aug. 12. The group hopes to raise between $2,000 and $5,000.

Watson said the policy is to help ensure that the board can try to keep track of the events.

Board president Bill King agreed.

“This lets the community know what is legit,” he said. “We don’t want to bombard the community with too much stuff.”

Watson said the policy isn’t about “flexing our muscles,” it’s about the clubs and community knowing what’s being sold and when.

“It’s to help avoid duplicated efforts,” he said,

Watson said residents who wish to see a list of approved fundraisers can visit the school system’s website at