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About Us
School-Force, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Public Schools Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID 91-2159650), run by volunteers and supported by parents, community members, and businesses.


We raise money for teachers and programs to ensure an exceptional education for the children of the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. In addition, we are dedicated to raising community awareness of key issues faced by our district, and what we can do as a community to ensure that all of our children receive a quality public education.

Schools We Serve

We serve the seven schools in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District: Central, Cipriani, Fox, Nesbit, Redwood Shores, and Sandpiper Elementary Schools, and Ralston Middle School. Read more about our schools…


In 2001, in the face of serious budget shortfalls, the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district put a parcel tax measure on the ballot. When that parcel tax failed, the district announced that it would end instrumental music. Read more…

Yearly Events

We hold four fundraising events a year: the School-Force Annual Fundraiser, our yearly Annual Giving Campaign which runs from Nov-June, an outdoor fall music festival called Save The Music, plus our Reading Power Read-a-thon. Click on each event for more details.

Core Values

We work together to:
  • Drive educational excellence
  • Lead community involvement in education
  • Use public resources effectively
  • Develop well-rounded children
  • Build a life-long love of learning

How is the Money Spent?

Each year the School-Force Board works with the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District to identify key funding requirements that are not met by other district revenue sources. Learn more…

Join Us!

School-Force is an all-volunteer organization and we can use your help. We particularly need volunteers with experience or interest in fundraising to help us increase our donor base (parents, community members, realtors). Our Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in the District office (2960 Hallmark Dr, Belmont). Additional volunteers are always needed, especially at the individual school level.  Contact us…

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Executive Board
  • Rakesh Hegde, President
  • Nancy Jung, Secretary
  • Shelly Kim, Treasurer
  • Jeff Selman, Legal Counsel
  • Franziska Bussiek, VP of Fundraising
  • Tim Hoffman, VP of Business & Endowment
  • Mylinh Nightengale, VP of Communications
  • Rajiv Vaidyanathan, VP of operations
  • Vacant, VP of Outreach
  • Vacant, VP of Events
Board of Directors
  • Heather Logan, Technology
  • Jeff Schnitz, Business Outreach
  • Simon Foster, Business sponsorships
  • Vacant, Assistant Treasurer
  • Vacant, Event Sponsorships
Board of Directors – School Chairs
  • Ulla Foehr, Ralston
  • Ryan Young, Redwood Shores
  • Lesley Andrews, Fox
  • Gerald Truong, Cipriani
  • Eric Manning, Central
  • JoAnn Gurdus / Arlene Guerrero, Nesbit
  • Vacant, Sandpiper

Non-Voting Partners:
District Representative: Michael Milliken, Craig Goldman
Legal: Jeff Selman
Opening Doors PTA Rep: Varsha Likhite
PTA Council Representative: Andrea Jefferson
School Board Representative: Amy Koo

School-Force Team:
Donation Support: Cheri Hariri
Donation Data Entry: Melody Chan
Graphic Design: Jacqueline Kraft
Matching Gifts: Melody Chan
Reading Power Chair: Adria Matthews
Save The Music: Alan Sarver
Social Media: Cynthia Bailey
Training and Onboarding: Matthew English
Website: Gerald Truong