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Anonymous Donor Helps Principal Leadership Effort

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  An anonymous donor has matched Joe Davenport's recent gift and made a 5-year, $250,000 commitment to the Principal Leadership Academy currently under development by the Hamilton County Department of Education, Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 "Funding for the Principal Leadership Academy is clearly gaining momentum, and I encourage all local citizens concerned about the quality and future of our education to join me relative to their individual resources," says this Academy supporter.

  This donation adds to $100,000 contributed by Unum and $250,000 contributed by Joe Davenport. 

  The Public Education Foundation is serving as the fiscal agent for the partnership, and as such is the recipient of the contributions.  "We are extremely grateful for this contribution," says PEF President Dan Challener.  "This helps us two-thirds of the way to fully funding the first year of the Academy, and all of us – the Chamber, UTC, Hamilton County schools and PEF - are eager to hire a director and dig into this work." 

 "Preparing principals is one of the most important things we can do to make schools successful, and it's very gratifying that the community is stepping up to help make the Principal Leadership Academy a reality," Superintendent Jim Scales stated.

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