Boise City and Boise Schools are teaming up with some after school programs and according to a recent letter from Team Dave’s Mayor Dave Bieter, he has visited the centers and plans repeat visits.
The city ponied up $71,000 for “tenant improvements” after the schools built recreation centers within Grace Jordan and Morley Nelson elementary schools. The city has budgeted a little over $300,000 for operation of the two centers in the current fiscal year. Parks and recreation employees staff the centers.
We talked to a Parks administrator and learned the “Rec Centers” provide several levels of programs aimed at elementary, junior high, and adults users. The centers are equipped with computers, art supplies, and game items.
A third rec center will open at the new Whitney Elementary school next fall. The city will spend $600,000 for that one and another $174,000 to operate it for a year.
The GUARDIAN has advocated combining the resources of schools and city services at a single location, including libraries. The library-school joint facilities sounds like a no brainer, but there are always mutterings about the caliber of people attracted to libraries which isn’t good for kids.
But kids go to the libraries. Go figure.
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