May 17, 2013 8:53 AM by AP/CS
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish school system and individual schools may soon be able to draw from private donations to pay for new computers, band uniforms or renovations without siphoning money out of the district's budget.
The Advocate reports the Lafayette Parish Fund for Excellence in Public Schools, approved by the school board in November, is just getting off the ground.
The buildup of the fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Acadiana, has been slow - due in part to limited public awareness of how to donate to it.
But that could change this summer with the launch of a media campaign, according to Angela Morrison, the school system's director of community collaborations and partnerships.
Morrison says the summer campaign will coincide with people in back-to-school preparation mode.