EAST RAMAPO, N.Y. -- The fate of an after-school program remains up in the air just weeks before East Ramapo children go back to class, according to reports by lohud.com and FiOS1.
The financially struggling Rockland After School Program (RASP), a non-profit organization that has been around since 1983, was kicked out of its space at the Kakiat Elementary School in Spring Valley after it couldn’t pay the rent, lohud.com reported.
But Schools Superintendent Deborah Wortham told lohud.com that said the district is working to find a way to keep the program going so dozens of kids will have a place to play or do homework after school.
RASP Executive Director Triny Hertzberg said that, despite cutting staff, she wasn't able to make payroll this summer and pay the program's rent at the same time, lohud.com reported.
Wherever RASP lands, it won’t be at Kakiat; it and the Lime Kiln Elementary School, the program’s former home, are being converted into magnet schools and their use will be restricted, the lohud.com story said.
Parents see the program as crucial because of the lack of daycare options in the community, FiOS1 reported.
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