COOS BAY -- The South Coast Community Foundation will soon ask for letters of interest from those interested in serving on its board.

The current board of four directors needs three at-large directors before it can apply to the IRS for nonprofit status. The directors also want a full board to discuss how funds would be allocated to school districts in the service area (Coos County, western Douglas County and northern Curry County).

Until the Community Enhancement Plan work group finishes its work and the four member agencies reach an agreement with Jordan Cove, SCCF board chairman Terence O'Connor said the board "is twiddling our thumbs."

Elise Hamner, Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation executive director of college foundation and resource development, said the board should define its mission relating to fostering a "world-class education" for South Coast students.

But board vice-chairman John Sweet cautioned the group not to give the foundation more credit than it's due. The foundation is being created to provide funding to school districts, which will, in turn, create whatever they deem to be a world-class education.

The board will meet again 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at South Coast ESD, 1350 Teakwood Ave. in Coos Bay.

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