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BTCS Foundation

The Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation was formed in 1994 as a governing body to administer funds and programs to supplement educational offerings for the Bristol community. Bylaws were adopted and the organization sanctioned under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and other appropriate laws. The Foundation is composed of a governing board of directors with an executive committee of officers elected by the board consisting of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The board is self-sustaining through member and community recommendations of individuals who commit and work toward improving education for the students in Bristol Tennessee City Schools.

Board of Directors

The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of the following business, education, and community leaders and school system representatives: Ronan King (President), Jan Detrick (Vice-President), Kathy Hickie (Secretary), Danny Dunn (Treasurer), Rae Akard, Jim Arnold, Jim Butcher, Lori Byington, Margaret Feierabend, Donna Felty, Kathy Fields, Anita Fink, Donna Franczek, Tina Hogue, Yolanda Istfan, Debbie McMillin, Laura Ong, Pam Ownby, Danielle Parker, David Warren, and Beth Webb. Ex officio members include Director of Schools Annette Tudor, School Board Chair Derek Linkous, and Business Office Supervisor Tara Musick.

Goals and Purposes

The Foundation goals and purposes are shared with school staff who make their needs known by submitting project funding requests to the board of directors. Direct funding is often requested; however, a long-term request is generally done through requesting that the Foundation be a source of "channeling" funds so sponsors can have the benefit of tax-deductible contributions while supporting worthwhile school projects. Contributions not designated to a particular project are placed in the general fund to support specific funding requests.

Project/Program Funding

The Foundation seeks to support initiatives which will strengthen the learning environment of our schools and create a positive impact on student achievement. Educators are encouraged to apply for funding for worthwhile projects or programs which may not be covered through the normal budgetary process. Download a copy of the request form to find out more about the funding guidelines and/or apply.

BTCS Foundation Grant Request Form
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Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 have been created and are currently sponsored by the Foundation. Each of these scholarships is awarded to a Tennessee High School graduating senior each spring:

The Hart Sisters Nursing Scholarship is an annual $2,500 nursing scholarship awarded to one recipient and is provided by Tennessee High School graduate Mrs. Jewel Hart Coombe. Her sister, Mrs. Margaret Hart Riesenberg, was also a Tennessee High School graduate.


The Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible and welcomed in any amount to benefit students and teachers of Bristol Tennessee City Schools. To make a contribution to the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation, please send a check or money order to:

Bristol Tennessee City Schools Foundation
615 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Bristol, TN 37620

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