Honoring Founding Trustee Dede Wamberg
At the November Board meeting, Dede Wamberg, former trustee and founder of the Educational Foundation, was honored and recognized her contributions to the Foundation.
Dede has called Barrington home for more than three decades. She has raised 7 children here, all of whom attended the Barrington schools. She has been dedicated to service in our community including as a former PTO President and 220 school board member. The Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, formerly the District 220 Educational Foundation, was her original vision. It is due to the vision and tenacity of our founding members like Dede that The Foundation has impacted so many students in Barrington.
In 1997, the Board of Education gave its blessing to a group of individuals who expressed an interest in forming a foundation to support the educational efforts of District 220. This initial group could not come to consensus on how to organize but one year later, Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Lambert donated his per diem vacation salary to provide seed money. A new design group was formed and Dr. Glen Gerard, was hired as a consultant to guide the Foundation’s start. This design group consisted of Joe Connelly, Dick Lamkey, Phil Bash, Marie Plozay, Andy Rockwood, Deb Villers (District Liaison) and Dede.
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the District 220 Educational Foundation was on April 6, 1999. Since that time, the Educational Foundation has raised over $3M to support projects and programs for Barrington 220. Now 15 Trustees strong and in our first year of having an Executive Director, we are set up for continued growth and success.
We thank you for your commitment to education and to the community of Barrington.