West York has appointed five residents and three school officials to serve on the newly created Foundation for the West York Area School District Inc.

West York school board members created the group to help raise money for academic, cultural, and athletic programs in the future.

"The foundation stands as a completely separate entity from the school board," said board president Rodney Drawbaugh.

Community members selected to serve on the foundation's board are Thomas G. Eyster, Larry Richardson, Lori Toth, Joseph Connolly, and Mark Keim. They applied through the district's website to participate.

Drawbaugh, Superintendent Emilie Lonardi and business manager George Fike Jr. also will serve on the foundation's board.

It cost the district $24,000 in seed money to get the foundation up and running. The board hired two consultants - Connie Kindler and Robert New from Mid-Atlantic Consultants, a firm that has worked with districts across the state setting up such groups, Lonardi said.

The board also agreed to hire a part-time executive director, which will cost the district another $35,000. The foundation will repay the seed money for this position once it starts raising funds. A timetable for filling the post hasn't been established.

"The purpose of the foundation is for the long-term benefit of the West York Area School District through grants to our district from the foundation," explained board member Alan Moose.