by Erin Cargile, Originally published on 3/18/11 on KXAN.com
Pflugerville to run its own program to make money
To make more money in tight times, the Pflugerville school district has decided to run its own after-school program next year and end its contract with the YMCA.
The two have worked together more than 20 years.
Currently, more than 65 counselors with the YMCA of Greater Williamson County are divided among 16 elementary campuses within in Pflugerville Independent School District. They help about 900 students with homework, tutoring and have special planned activities for the children to play.
“It has been more than a privilege to work with them,” said Jeff Andresen, president of the YMCA of Greater Williamson County. “We know the financial difficulties have caused them to make the business decisions they have to make. It’s been a good relationship, and these things are never easy.”
The district is trying to close a $20 million shortfall, due at least in part, to state budget cuts. According to spokeswoman Amanda Brim, running the after school program in house will generate an extra $1 million.
“The Y is making a good profit on this program. We can capitalize on that profit and help the district maybe save some jobs in the process,” said Superintendent Charles Dupre of the Pflugerville Independent School District. “No one is happy we’re having to make these hard choices, but we’ve got to look first look at our role as being good stewards of the tax dollars.”
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