The Board of Education of Toledo Public Schools is hosting the 2017 State of the District address on Wednesday, October 11. Dr. Durant, TPS CEO/Superintendent, TPS board members and and several other district representatives and supporters will be at the event.

The Toledo Public Schools Foundation has existed for more than 25 years, but was revitalized in 2016 under Dr. Durant’s leadership. Historically, the foundation has provided funding in an effort to promote quality education at Toledo Public Schools. Due to many factors that influence education and opportunities after graduation, the foundation has sharpened its focus in an effort to create an even bigger impact.

The TPS Foundation’s number one priority is to support the needs of Toledo Public Schools. By bringing together the community, TPS alumni and stakeholders, the foundation works to achieve the following strategic objectives:

  • Award scholarships to TPS high school graduates
  • Offer financial support allowing TPS to enhance its facilities
  • Provide support to the district's high school foundations
  • Serve as advocates for TPS pre-kindergarten programs
  • Increase community understanding and support regarding potential partners and funders

While the TPS Foundation (TPSF) works to build awareness of the strategic objectives we are working to achieve, there are certain things that many might not now about the foundation. Here are three facts you may not have realized!

The TPS Foundation is working to update records with Toledo Public Schools alumni contact information. Part of this process includes 92,000 postcards that were sent to high school graduates of TPS schools in an effort to gather names, addresses, phone numbers and other details such as class years.

Upon receiving the postcards in the mail, the Blade has reported that many TPS alumni have questioned whether the postcards are legitimate—and the answer is yes

Alumni Postcard Mailing Front

Alumni Postcard Mailing Back

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Creating a TPS Alumni Directory

The TPS Foundation authorized a Texas-based company called Publishing Concepts (PCI) to contact graduates in an effort to update the TPS high school directories. The reputable company has been used by many TPS high schools in the past, so the Foundation felt PCI was a good fit for this districtwide initiative.

The purpose of collecting contact information is to enable better communication with graduates when promoting activities hosted by the Foundation and in the district. The Foundation hopes that the result of this directory update will be increased awareness and participation in alumni-focused events and fundraising efforts.

PCI will be sending out multiple postcards to addresses where alumni are last known to have listed, as well as attempt to contact graduates by email and phone. These postcards will contain a short message that is signed by Superintendent Romules Durant.

The only action graduates are asked to take is to call a toll-free number to verify the accuracy of data. The toll-free numbers for each high school are listed below. TPS expects to wrap up this effort in October.

  • Bowsher High School: 1-800-510-8701
  • Rogers High School: 1-800-546-1014
  • Start High School: 1-866-569-5862
  • Waite High School: 1-866-571-0631
  • Woodward High School: 1-866-571-4613
  • DeVilbiss High School: 1-866-578-8159
  • Libbey High School: 1-866-579-7886
  • Macomber-Whitney High School: 1-866-579-7891