FAQs: Roland Park Foundation

Q: Why does the Roland Park Foundation fundraise?

A: Roland Park K-8, located in the Westshore district, is a Hillsborough County elementary and middle Magnet school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program designation.  Roland Park has transformed from a Title I school to a best-in-class IB institution.  Roland Park is a culturally diverse school, with a greater than 60% minority rate and more than 35% of the students economically disadvantaged. 

Florida ranks 41st in the country for per student public school funding, spending only $7,300 per student vs. the national average of $11,500.  That’s $4,000 (or 36%) BELOW the national average. This tremendously affects the resources the schools and teachers have to elevate our citizens of the future.  

Q: What’s the difference between Roland Park’s PTSA and the Foundation?

A: Both entities are critically important to Roland Park, but the PTSA is ultimately an advocating body, whereas the RP Foundation manages fundraising for large-scale, long-term school projects.

Q: How can I get involved in the Foundation?

A: For more information on how you can get involved with the Roland Park Foundation, please contact parent volunteer Julie Garfield, at 813-731-6666 or juliebrennergarfield@gmail.com.

Q: Who is on the Foundation Board?

A: Current Roland Park Foundation Board Members include:

  • Kathy Massing (President)
  • Fikir Sanders (Secretary)
  • Meredith Densen (Treasurer)
  • Julie Garfield (Fundraising)
  • Adrian Madhosingh
  • Lily Lorenzo
  • Principal Scott Weaver

Roland Park Foundation Advisory Board members include:

  • Beverly Addison
  • Katie Perkey
  • Jin Liu
  • Suzanne Clemons