After School Program May Face Cuts

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- An after school program may have to stop running next year, if it does not get money to fund it.

On Tuesday, neighbors asked the Harrisonburg City School board to provide $300,000 for "Beyond the Bell" at Skyline and Thomas Harrison Middle School.

According to the director, Brent Holsinger, the program receives federal dollars to run the program at Thomas Harrison Middle School. Beyond the Bell ended at Skyline Middle School last year, after funds were depleted.

More than 100 children participate in the program. Lakisha Kilby has noticed the benefits of the program as her children are part of it.

"It not only offers a positive environment for my children, but it also offers substantial reduction of stress for me in my life, it provides peace of mind knowing that my children are in a safe environment," said Kilby.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner recommends the group to check with other agencies to see if there is a public-private funding.

He said the school board currently funds other after school programs. It will decide whether to pay for "Beyond the Bell" before it adopts its budget in April.


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