Hamburg School Board reviews elementary after-school program

Hamburg Area school directors are looking at an after-school program for the district’s elementary school students.

At its Feb. 13 meeting, school directors viewed a brief video about Right At School, a nationally recognized after-school student enrichment provider based in Illinois.

“We want to offer options for parents and we’re trying to gauge their interest (in Right At School),” said Superintendent Dr. Richard Mextorf. “We’re collecting data right now through electronic surveys that have been sent to the parents of elementary students.”

Right At School offers programs for elementary school students that focus on building confidence, creativity, character and conditioning.

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Programs are offered before and after school, as well as, lunch time and at recess.

The school district is looking at an after school program only.

One speaker in the video said that a benefit of the program was peace of mind for parents, knowing that their kids are in a safe environment.

Mextorf said that this would be an affordable option for parents and that scholarship funds would be available for those who qualify. No current programs would be cut, Mextorf said.

The district would benefit through revenue sharing with the sponsor and would be the first district in the county to use the program, according to Mextorf, who noted that space is available to accommodate the program at both elementary schools.

“Initially we’re asking parents if they’re interested in after-school care,” Mextorf said.

In other news, school directors discussed upgrades to the playground surface at Tilden Elementary.

“The current surface is cost prohibitive,” Mextorf said. “It’s a rubber mulch that is messy and labor intensive. After recess, time is spent allowing kids to clean up, sometimes twice a day. That adds up.”

School directors are considering options that would allow easier accessibility for students, including those with special needs, while creating a safer playground area that would be easier to maintain.

“We’re beginning dialogue,” Mextorf said. “We want to make sure that we’re paying attention to Tilden since work was done at Perry (Elementary).”

The next meeting of school directors is Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.