Not So Tactful

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

It’s a program providing some alternatives for troubled students in the Staunton School District.

"The foundation of the program is community service. They spend part of the day doing academics and the other part out in the community to provide community service," says TACT coordinator Terry Case.

With the school budget still more than $200,000 light, this two year old alternative may not be an option come next year.

"As of right now there are no funds for the TACT program along with several others," says Ware Elementary principal Dr. Mark Rowicki.

Still, Case says that's unfortunate. She feels TACT has made a huge difference for these kids.

"Feedback from the kids, parents and community service provides all said the same thing. It's working."

And those working with the kids agree, like Rhonda Shinaberry from the YMCA.

"I know we are going to miss them if that does happen. They help us out a a lot but we try and help them as far as mentoring and wanting them to be here at the Y."

And the administration understands TACT's concerns but say the needs for this year's budget just didn't work out.

"It's one of those programs, that we felt is one we can do without," says Rowicki. "We don't want to do without it but its a fact of life."

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