Staff to recommend that city of Abilene after-school care program stay open


There's hope an after-school program that some parents rely on won't be eliminated next year in Abilene.

City staff will be recommending the city not scrap its city-run after-school program at a meeting Tuesday night.

The city recently informed parents using the program that it would end with this current school year in May. But after holding meetings on the issue with parents, city staff is suggesting to council that it continue the after-school care, with a small fee to offset some of the cost.

More than 100 parents would have to find alternatives to the after-school program if it was eliminated.

"Part of the recommendation from staff is that we also allow those students who are on free or reduced lunch with (Abilene) ISD attend the program for free, and if they're not on a free or reduced lunch they would have to pay $15 per week," City Manager Robert Hanna said in a media briefing Monday morning.

Council will be taking up the after-school care program at a specially called meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at city hall tomorrow.