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Newark Unified receives grant from Fremont Bank

By Miriam G. Mazliach

February 19, 2013

At its February 5 School Board meeting, Newark Unified School District was on the receiving end of a generous check donation in the amount of $17,700 from Fremont Bank. Newark Unified will use the funds to purchase the Naviance system. Students at Newark Junior High, Newark Memorial High and MacGregor Alternative Learning Campus, as well as school counselors, staff and parents, will utilize this state of the art software platform to assist with college and career planning.

“We are very excited to get it,” states Newark Schools Superintendent, Dave Marken. “Fremont bank is funding the first year of Naviance, which also includes the set up of the system and training. The bank is a great partner.” He indicates however, that the district still needs to come up with the funds to pay for Naviance’s yearly licensing fee.

Providing some background on how this whole process began, Sean Nand who serves as president of the Newark Education Foundation says that that a few months prior, the Superintendent had indicated to the Foundation the benefits of the Naviance Program for the school district and its students. Nand and the foundation board members started looking for a sponsor to donate the cost of the system.

Marken states, “It is a very exciting time for the Newark Education Foundation and the organization’s new president, Sean Nand. The foundation’s efforts are ramping up, with the addition of new board members.”

Nance approached his employer, Fremont Bank, and was asked to submit an application for the donation request. “After Fremont Bank’s review, they granted the funds for the Naviance program,” says Nance.

“We have partnered with many of the local school districts and have made several donations to them,” Nance explained. “Fremont Bank is a local community bank that believes in giving back to the community.”

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