Superintendent quells concern over end of grant

File photoThe Hudson City School District is ensuring that they will continue the after school program even though the grant funding it was not reissued.

HUDSON — Hudson City School District Superintendent Lisamarie Spindler posted a letter Friday stating that the grant supporting the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program was not awarded for the 2022-23 academic year.

Spindler said she does not want this news to cause unnecessary alarm in the community because the district is confident it will find additional funding in the form of grants to keep the after-school program running.

“We need time to plan, shift funding and communicate,” Spindler said Friday. “The after-school program is an integral part of our school and community. We intend to preserve and enhance our program.”

Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program is in its 15th year and provides a free after-school program to Hudson students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. It is sponsored by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.

The program, associated with the U.S. Department of Education, supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

The current after school program session will continue as planned for the remainder of the school year, but the grant runs out on June 30, 2022.

“Our goal is to maximize grant funds from the federal American Rescue Plan to continue summer programming in place of the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program and secure contracts with local organizations to provide summer and after-school services,” Spindler said.

Some parents and community members have reached out to the Hudson City School District asking how they can help and what they can do to support the summer and after-school programming. At this time, Spindler and the district are suggesting that concerned community members reach out to their elected officials to urge them to support after-school programs.

“The loss of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is significant. However, we are working hard to identify other sources of funding to create a modified and sustainable after-school program moving forward, starting with our summer programming,” Spindler wrote in a letter posted to the district’s website.

The district’s goal is to maximize grant funds from the federal American Rescue Plan to continue summer programming for the after-school programming and secure contracts with local organizations to provide summer and after-school services.

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