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home : local news : local news August 20, 2017

8/11/2017 2:26:00 PM
Future uncertain for Wellston after-school programs
District still awaiting word on whether or not grants will be awarded

Associate Editor

For the past five to six years, the Wellston City School District has utilized $2-$3 million in grant funding for its Wellston Rocket After-school Program (WRAP). This past spring, the district's 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants used for WRAP ended.

Superintendent Karen Boch told the Wellston City Schools Board of Education during the Monday, Aug. 7 meeting that a total of three grant requests for Bundy Elementary, the Intermediate School, and the Middle and High Schools together have yet to be approved or denied.

Boch said, as the deadline for these grants was pushed back this time around, they were turned in later than in the past and thus the decision regarding awarding has also been delayed.

"Once we know, we can get the information out," Boch explained, "but, as of right now there are no after-school programs."

When in place, WRAP offers students academic enrichment, tutoring in core subjects, youth development activities, art/music/drama, character education, recreation, parent and family engagement, and health and nutrition information.

Thanks to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants, these programs were offered to students at no cost to their parents or guardians. Without these grants, the district will not be able to sustain these programs.

Should the grants not be awarded, Boch described not having WRAP as "a big loss" to the school district as a whole. She told board members that she expects to receive a decision in coming weeks.

Grant coordination and management for the district is provided by the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center.

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