SUSD’s board is scheduled to hold a special meeting Friday beginning at 6 p.m. The board is scheduled to vote on whether or not to approve the YMCA as the after-school program provider at 12 schools previously served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton, which lost its national charter two weeks ago.
Stockton Unified Superintendent Steve Lowder has been adamant that once the Boys & Girls Clubs’ charter was revoked, its contract with the school district became void. District officials want to switch federal grant funding — about $350,000 — from the former Boys & Girls Club to the YMCA.
It will be interesting to see Friday night whether a contingent of Boys & Girls Club supporters turns out at the SUSD meeting in a bid to sway the school board. One thing is clear: Kids at Adams, August, Bush, Fremont, Henry, Huerta, Kennedy, King, Roosevelt, Taft, Tyler and Washington will need a place to go after school lets out Monday afternoon.
UPDATE: Dianne Barth, SUSD’s spokesperson, called this morning to make it clear there is no doubt the kids will have their after-school programs Monday. There was no intent to imply otherwise, just that tonight’s vote is related to the after-school offerings at the 12 listed schools.