Boys and Girls Club board addressing enrollment issues, looking for a director

Thursday, September 6, 2018

After an initial very low enrollment, the Boys and Girls Club of Dawson County has seen some growth in their after school program, but numbers still lag behind those of previous years.

Moving forward, the board will also have another matter to address: finding a new director.

On Aug. 28, Tina Carter announced that she would be stepping down as the club’s executive director. Higbee noted that while Carter has definitely aided in helping the organization achieve its goals, the board will be reevaluating the next director’s responsibilities.

According to program director Brandy Elzalei, there are currently 25 children enrolled in the after school program, up from the initial seven from right before the start of the school year.

By this time last year, the club had 50 kids enrolled and the year before had 70 kids.

The club’s low enrollment was noted by Carter in a mid-August Facebook post. The post and the following discussion revealed several factors that may have contributed to the low enrollment, including misconceptions about the services the club provides and the cost of enrollment.

Carter attempted to clear up any misconceptions about the club’s services and explain more about the club in an Aug. 30 edition of the Ranger-Review.

Don Higbee, the board of directors president for the club, is happy to see the enrollment go up, but says the board is still looking for ways to address the concerns of parents who want to enroll their children.

Higbee said the most important issue they are addressing right now is the cost of membership.

“If we can lower that down, that’s what we’ll do,” Higbee said.

Higbee didn’t provide many details about the current plans for the pricing but said that an announcement will be coming soon.

Higbee noted he still expects some more growth in the after school program enrollment this year.

Higbee hopes to take some of the burdens of programming and move them to the board of directors so that the executive director can be more available to interact with the kids.

Contact Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com .

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