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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…

Contact Us

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2014-2015 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
President: Rakesh Hegde
Communications Chair: Clarissa Naftzger
Fundraising Chair: Chris Fry
Operations Chair: Rajiv Vaidyanathan
Outreach Chair: Franziska Bussiek
School Chair Representative: Renee Evans
Treasurer: Open

Board Members:
Annual Giving Chair: Jessica Stone
Budget Advisory Committee:   Robin Bennett
Business Outreach Chair:  Simon Foster
Community Outreach: Jeff Schnitz
Endowment Chair: Tim Hoffman
Preschool Outreach:  Victoria Balasubramanyam
Secretary: Nancy Jung
Technical Operations Chair: Heather Logan
Central School Chair: Eric Manning
Cipriani School Chair: Susan Kiefer
Fox School Chair: Renee Evans
Nesbit School Chair: Arlene Guerrero
Redwood Shores School Chair: Ryan Young
Sandpiper School Chair: Flora Lee-Chan & Pingping Medley
Ralston Middle School Chair: Ulla Foehr

Non-Voting Partners:
District Representative: Michael Milliken
Legal: Jeff Selman
Opening Doors PTA Rep: Varsha Likhite
School Board Representative: Robert Tashjian
Principals Representative: Jennifer Gaboury
Teacher’s Union Representative: [open]
Classified Union Representative: [open]

Broader School-Force Team:
Annual Fundraiser Chair: Renee Evans, Victoria Balasubramanyam, Simon Foster, Grete Fry, Franziska Bussiek & Clarissa Naftzger
Donation Support: Cheri Hariri
Donation Data Entry: Lisa Chavez
Deposits: Robin Bennett
Graphic Design: Jacqueline Kraft
Matching Gifts: Melody Chan
Process Improvements: Karl Simon
Reading Power Chair: Adria Matthews
Save The Music: Alan Sarver
Social Media: Clarissa Naftzger, Jeff Schnitz
Training and Onboarding: Matthew English
Volunteer Coordinator: JoAnn Gurdus
Website: Valerie Price, Clarissa Naftzger