Saturday, March 12, 2016

FROM THE CROTON-HARMON SCHOOL DISTRICT ON THE AFTER SCHOOL/SUMMER PROGRAM

Dear Members of the Croton Harmon Community, It has been brought to our attention by the district’s legal counsel that state law does not authorize school districts to manage after-school programs that charge fees. Counsel brought this to light after the district asked them to review some forms that the program uses.

Both we on the School Board and the district’s administration believe that our after-school program is a valuable resource for our students and families and appreciate its demonstrated history of success. Administration reached out to neighboring districts and superintendents for advice and clarification, and indeed nearly all the region’s after-school programs are operated by outside organizations such as local government recreational departments, PTAs and the YMCA. The district has thus attempted to find locally-connected groups that would be willing to take over the program’s operation and are actively exploring the opportunity with some and continues to reach out to others. The PTAs were approached first but do not feel that they can take on the extra responsibility at this time. We hope that the fact that prospective organizations would not have to create a program but could merely step into the role that the district has played is a strong selling point. We want our community to know that as we continue to work through this situation we are concerned that we will be unable to have something in place in time to run a summer program similar to the one offered previously.

A final decision about the summer program will be made at our Thursday, April 7 th business meeting. (The meeting will be held at Croton-Harmon High School in the Community Room. An Executive Session will begin at 7:30 PM and will be followed by the Regular Meeting. An agenda will be sent out to the public a few days earlier.) We appreciate that this is an inconvenience for our students and families and a difficult situation for those who are involved with providing the program. We are working diligently to find a solution that would keep the program as affordable and intact as possible.  We would appreciate hearing from the public about any ideas or leads that they may have in this regard. We will keep you informed of developments as they unfold.

Sincerely, Giuseppina Miller, President; Iris Bugliosi, Vice President; Patrice Davidson; Joshua Diamond; Todd Freebern; Andrea Furey; Neal Haber The Croton-Harmon Board of Education

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