City Council Reconsiders Cancelling After-School Programs

After School Programs May Continue

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - "I'm getting an education. I've been a stay at home mom for nine years, I'm looking for a job, I don't want to be on welfare and it's a program like this that gives the an opportunity to go out," said mother Tiffany Stearns.

Its testimonies like these that have city council reconsidering their decision on cancelling the after school program.

"We've gotten some feedback we didn't have. And that's how this process is supposed to work and we have plenty of time back and revisit it. Will we change our minds? I don't know," said councilman Kyle McAlister.

The decision to end after school programs came at the beginning of the year.

"One of the proposals that came to us was eliminating the after school program that we had in place at various locations around town," said McAlister.

Since then, parents using the program have spoken out about the decision.

"There are some people who say yeah you need to cut back because there are other non-profits that can handle this, there have been some that said no. We really depend on the price and things like that," said McAlister.

"I can't really afford child care, that's why I opted for the recreation just because I'm a single mom so financially it's a lot of help and so now I'm kind of at a loss," said mother Cynthia Alvidrez.

Due to the mixed reactions, city council will hold a workshop  to reconsider their decision.

"At the end of the day we want to do what's right for everybody. Whether that is reinstating it with a cost to the participants," said McAlister.

The workshop will be held March 21st at 5:30 pm in Abilene city hall. It is open to the public.

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