The Sparta Education Foundation was founded in 1991 based on the belief that Sparta students should not be limited to minimum standards due to a lack of state funding for education. Since that time, many students have benefited from SEF funded grants that provide the extras for education, but still the need continues.

The Sparta Education Foundation's mission is to help to provide creative, progressive, and innovative educational opportunities for our students and staff, which are beyond the normal operating budget of the school district.

Please consider making a contribution and give our students important enrichment opportunities that would not be available otherwise. Go to the CONTRIBUTIONS page for details.

The Sparta Education Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and operated independently from the Sparta Board of Education under an established set of bylaws. 


All questions regarding SEF should be directed to:



Julie Anderson, President

Sue Knauf, Vice President

Sue Blackall, Secretary

Kathy Reed, Treasurer

Peter Bush, Ex Officio


Chairs: Michelle Alster, Kristi Armock, Jennifer Baldini, Don Behrenwald, Heather Holland, Chris Hoover, Martha Markham, Laurie Zurek


Associate Members: Marj Brink, Lisa Edwards, Connie Howes, Bob Liscome, Leo Maki, Liz Morse, Gordie Nickels, Bob Schirado, Tena Stuhan, Deb Warwick


Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. in the Administration Building on the following dates:

  July 10, 2019 Grant Presentations, deadline for application is June 29
  August 14, 2019 SEF Board Meeting
  August 20, 2019 District All-Staff Meeting
  September 6, 2019 Staff Pledge Forms Due, please give to Jill in Payroll Office
     September 11, 2019 SEF Board Meeting
  October 9, 2019 Grant Presentations, deadline for application is Sept. 27
  November 13, 2019 SEF Board Meeting
  December 11, 2019 SEF Board Meeting
  January 8, 2020 SEF Board Meeting
  February 12, 2020 Grant Presentations, deadline for application is Jan. 31
  March 11, 2020 SEF Board Meeting
  April 15, 2020 SEF Board Meeting
  May 13, 2020 SEF Board Meeting
  June 10, 2020 SEF Board Meeting
  July 15, 2020 Grant Presentations, deadline for application is July 8
  August 12, 2020

SEF Board Meeting












SEF would like to recognize and extend our deep gratitude to all of our donors who contribute to the SEF each year, including Sparta Area Schools teachers who contribute to SEF each year.  These donations are critical to the success of our mission. THANK YOU for your ongoing support and all you do for our students!


The following chart shows the breakdown of how the SEF acquired donations throughout the 2016-17 school year:

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