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Boys & Girls Clubs to provide before, after care at Scott Primary

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 12:01 AM


The Shaler Area School Board approved an agreement Jan. 15 with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania to provide before and after school enrichment at Scott Primary.

The North Boroughs YMCA is discontinuing the services it offered at the school. The Boys & Girls Clubs will start offering care and coverage will end for the school year on June 5.

During a Jan. 15 board meeting, board Vice President April Kwiatkowski said traditionally it is not the responsibility of the school district to provide before and after care for its students. Yet, when the YMCA decided to leave Scott Primary, Superintendent Sean Aiken and Assistant Superintendent Bryan O’Black responded to parents’ concerns and found another provider.

“They are to be commended for doing that for our students and for our community. Thank you for doing that. I don’t think that people always understand that those kinds of things are not always the responsibility of the district, but you took it on yourselves and made sure that our parents had all of their needs met,” she said.

The new after school program will feature homework help, STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — activities, games, physical education and snacks. Students may visit the Scott Primary Clubhouse from 7 to 9 a.m. and 3:15 to 6 p.m.

Aiken said the club leaders want the program to be “engaging” and an “extension of the school day.”

“The team that they’ve already assembled to work that site’s before and after care is extremely strong, and I’m extremely excited to see what they’re going to do there with our students in the before and after school program.”

Kwiatkowski asked if the Boys & Girls Clubs would consider operating at Burchfield Primary School, should the YMCA leave that location as well. Aiken said that the organization is open to future expansion within the district. For more information: bgcwpa.org/item/scott- primary-clubhouse/.