SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The CEO of Salesforce.com visited a San Francisco school on Monday to highlight a $2.7 million donation by his company to the city’s middle schools — the largest one-time donation in the school district’s history, city officials said.
Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza joined Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the city’s Portola neighborhood to announce the donation.
Lee said the donation came about after discussions with Benioff and other local tech leaders about how to improve education in San Francisco, saying the city’s elementary and high schools were getting the bulk of the attention while resources were lacking in some middle schools.
Benioff’s donation includes $1.5 million that will go toward technology and infrastructure at the district’s 12 middle schools, as well as $100,000 for each school’s principal to use for innovation and improving STEM — or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — learning.
The first phase of the project is the introduction of 750 iPads to the schools. School officials took Benioff and the mayor to a science class in which each student was equipped with a tablet.
When the teacher asked a question, each student answered it individually on the tablet.