Midland ISD explains reasoning for changes to before and after school support

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A new partner of families looking for before and after school options for students is coming to Midland ISD beginning 2018-2019.

"I think there are some things that we do that are going to be different, without a doubt this is a different time and different expectation," said Orlando Riddick, Superintendent, Midland ISD.

Change, it can be confusing sometimes and Midland ISD recently made changes to their after school program. After years of partnering with Camp Fire and the Midland YMCA, the district will move forward with a new company called Right At School.

Is it a place that's nurturing and loving? Is it a place that provides activity, fitness, health, and academics? How do you bridge all that so it doesn't look like school all over again but its an extension of the school for enrichment?

District leaders say their new partner answered all those questions and more following the wide net they caste looking for a way to reach their kids.

"Whether you need one or two days previously, you'd have to pay for all five. Now if you need one or two days, you can get one or two days," said Riddick.

Riddick added many families face economic hardships and the new programs would be a $6 difference monthly due to the 25% discount for families with students on free or reduced lunch.

The district knows a decision like this might seem like it's creating a monopoly, but after recent legislation, they are working to make it not so.

"We should not have three different programs where each program provides something differently based on the needs of the organization," said Riddick.

Starting next school year, one company will provide before and after school programs for all elementary schools in Midland ISD, something, Riddick added, hadn't been done before.

"We know that there are those that do want to be a part of the program we do have currently. We'll have a story to tell and that's my expectation that it will be a great story," said Riddick.

Riddick tells us families will still have the option to send their child to either Camp Fire or the Midland YMCA. It's just those after-school support programs will be in their buildings.

The district is hosting an informational meeting about the change for families to ask questions. It will be held on Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00 - 7: 30 p.m. at Bowie Fine Arts Academy, 805 Elk Avenue.

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