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3/8/2014 1:14:00 PM
City of Cottonwood, school district mull after-school program

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- The City of Cottonwood Recreation Center and the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District are working to develop an after-school program.

The Cottonwood Recreation Center has operated an after-school program since the center first opened and now has about 30 participants. But the City wants to make changes to its operations and has been discussing possibilities with staff at Cottonwood-Oak Creek Schools.

The Boys & Girls Clubs in Cottonwood, Prescott and Prescott Valley have all closed temporarily. Connie Dedrick, who administers the Northern Arizona branch, says the Cottonwood facility in Old Town will re-open in six months.

Both operations, Northern and Central Arizona, which operates Prescott and Prescott Valley clubs, have closed temporarily to re-organize their operations to bring in more financing for programs. Both are working with regional representatives to bring expertise to the table.

A memo prepared for a City work session Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., states the Cottonwood Elementary School is centrally located, has the ability to be a licensed childcare facility through DES and already provides services to students during regular hours. The school district also has the potential to attract grant funding for both programming and meals as well as being able to attract qualified teachers

The city has been looking at municipal programs that now operate in Peoria, Casa Grande and Tempe. Working with the Department of Economic Security, the City and the School District hope to provide eligible families "the ability to attend the program at a reduced or tiered rate."

The work session will also consider joining THAT Event company in a Superbowl-related event called Cottonwood Jeep Jamboree.

The council meets 6 p.m. Tuesday evening in the Cottonwood Council Chambers at 826 N. Main St.

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