Hudson schools loses funding for its afterschool program
Noah Eckstein is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Hudson school district officials learned last week the afterschool program has lost its primary source of financial support, effective at the end of the current academic year. Superintendent Lisamarie Spindler said she does not want this news to cause alarm because school officials are confident additional funding in the form of grants will be identified to keep the program running. “We need time to plan, shift funding and communicate,” Spindler said. “The afterschool program is an integral part of our school and community. We intend to preserve and enhance our program.” The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program is in its 15th year and is open to students from kindergarten to 8th grade. It has been sponsored for years by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, a program associated with the U.S. Department of Education, but the grant expires on June 30. Spindler said she plans to "maximize grant funds" from the American Rescue Plan to secure planned summer programming. The district is requesting that concerned community members reach out to elected officials and urge them to support afterschool programs. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.