Griffith schools renew contract with YMCA

2013-03-23T17:45:00Z 2013-03-23T22:00:08Z Griffith schools renew contract with YMCACharles. F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 23, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | Saying the first two years were very productive, the Griffith Public Schools board has signed on for another two years with the YMCA.

The organization, which operates in the Franklin Center, started with the YMCA Before and After School Program in 2011. The board unanimously approved an extension that carries through the 2014-15 school year.

"We have a true working relationship" with the YMCA, School Treasurer Jeannette Bapst said.

The program is for children from kindergarten through grade six.

With the program, parents who work early can drop their children off at the YMCA as early as 6 a.m., said Carl Zurbriggen, YMCA executive director.

They are cared for until a school bus takes them to their respective schools, he said, adding that they ride the bus back to the YMCA after school.

Parents can arrive to pick their children up as late as 6 p.m.

The program includes reading and tutoring programs, along with physical activities, Zurbriggen noted.

The program also has a licensed kindergarten teacher for preschool kids.

"There's a lot that we're doing over there," Zurbriggen said.

He noted the organization also hopes to open and operate a licensed child day center at Franklin for youngsters between 2.5 and 5 years old.

In other business, the board introduced new Middle School Principal Brian Orkis, who attended the meeting.

School Superintendent Peter Morikis said Orkis was the dean of students for the past two years.

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