Fredericks fills ‘big shoes’ at Partnership Plan

Education group names vice-chairwoman new executive director

By ERIK SANDIN – Stillwater Gazette

The bar is set high as Laura Fredericks takes command of The Partnership Plan this week. Fredericks hopes she can raise that bar even higher.

Partnership Plan officials announced Tuesday that Fredericks, the organization’s vice-chairman, is the education-support group’s new executive director. Fredericks replaces former Partnership Plan Executive Director Christine Tubbs, who resigned earlier this spring to take the executive director post at Valley Outreach.

"It’s a big transition year. Christine has left big shoes to fill," Fredericks said.

Besides serving on The Partnership Plan board, Fredericks has been chairwoman of the organization’s "Jeans and Jewels" annual fundraiser. And she adds that she has a "passion" for the group’s involvement in helping Stillwater area public schools and students.

"I have a huge passion for kids and District 834 schools," she said. "They provided my two boys with a wonderful education."

As for immediate future for The Partnership Plan, Fredericks said Da Vinci Fest, the winter student art and science fair and Jeans and Jewels will continue.

"Da Vinci Fest doubled in size last year," she said.

After being held at Stillwater Junior High School for several years, The Partnership Plan moved Da Vinci Fest to Stillwater area high school this year.

Another Partnership Plan event, "Stomp the Stairs," will be paired with the fall Harvest Fest in downtown Stillwater.

"With the transition year, it brings new excitement," she said. "We want to get more community involvement."

One area that will not change is The Partnership Plan’s involvement with ISD 834 schools, Fredericks said.

"We’re very excited about our partnership with STEM and the fabrication lab at the high school," she said.