$10 million After-School Program discussion topic at coffee meeting

BRIDGEVILLE – A proposal to create a new $10 million state grant program to facilitate after-school care recently drew the attention of the nearly two dozen people participating in State Rep. Dave Wilson’s monthly coffee meeting in Bridgeville.

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State Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Cedar Creek Hundred, speaks with constituents at his recent coffee meeting.

Under the plan, the state would issue up to $10 million in grants to public schools to help finance the creation of after-school care for disadvantaged students.  To get the grants, schools would have to offer at least three hours of after-school care daily including mandated instructional and nutritional assistance.

Rep. Wilson said as well-intentioned as the proposal is, he questioned the wisdom of creating a new ongoing expense for the state.  He also suspects its costs would balloon. “They’re looking for $10 million, but by the time they get it fully implemented it’ll be $30 million,” he said.

Rep. Wilson said he is concerned that such an initiative would undermine existing after-school programs run by non-profit agencies like the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club.

The “Cup of Coffee with Dave” gatherings are intended to give residents of the 35th District a regular chance to speak with their state representative over a free cup of coffee and pastry.

The meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Jimmy’s Grille in Bridgeville.

The next meeting is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 10.

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