Planning for The Brewster Education Foundation was initiated in 1983 by Joseph Sabatella, then Assistant Principal at Brewster High School and George Zupko, Director of Student Services, under the leadership of Superintendent James Monk. It was incorporated later that school year and was supported by the Board of Education and dedicated community leaders. It was the first such foundation in New York to develop public-private collaboration for a public school district. Independent of the school district, the Foundation raises and disburses funds for projects beyond those supported by regular school sources. The additional funding helps fill the gap that exists between the programs teachers would like to have and those available to them through district budgeting.