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UPDATED: After A Decade Running Afterschool Care At Brophy, MetroWest YMCA Contract Not Renewed

The decision not to renew the MetroWest YMCA contract for afterschool care at Brophy Elementary comes days after a program at Stapleton Elementary School for 29 years was not renewed.

Originally posted at 2:50 p.m. Updated at 3:35 p.m. and at 9:35 p.m.

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Parents were informed today by the MetroWest YMCA, and not the Framingham Public Schools, that the Y will not be providing afterschool care at Brophy Elementary School in August and for the 2014-15 school year.

The MetroWest YMCA has been providing aftercare at the school for a decade. Parents pay the YMCA to watch their children up until 6 p.m.

This comes just days after the Framingham Extended Day Program Inc. had its contract not renewed by the Framingham Public Schools, after providing afterschool care at Stapleton Elementary School for 29 years.

Again in that situation, parents were informed by the former after-school program and not the Framingham Public Schools.

Framingham Patch has called and emailed the Framingham Public Schools for answers for two days with no response. We have asked why the afterschool care program contracts have not been renewed. Who is the new provider? What is the new cost to parents? When the public schools plan to inform parents of their afterschool care options? And what is the after-school care situation at all of the town's elementary schools.

Neither Framingham Supt. Stacy Scott, Assistant Supt. Mark Prince or Joseph Corazzini, who oversees the after-school programs, has responded to Patch. We have also learned that no parents or Town Meeting members who have asked about the Stapleton situation have received a response either.

Framingham Supt. Scott is out of town at a conference.

In the letter to parents from the MetroWest YMCA it states:

"I am regretfully writing today to let you know that the MetroWest YMCA will no longer be providing before and after school programming at Brophy.  The Framingham Public Schools have decided to award the contract to a new provider. We will be issuing refunds/credits to those of you who have paid registration fees," wrote Heidi Kaufman, director of Education at the MetroWest YMCA.

"We truly have enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to serve the Brophy community for almost 10 years and hope that we will be able to continue to serve you and your family with other Y programs including our summer camps and many other youth development programs.  We believe that once you have been involved in one of our YMCA programs you are a member of the Y family for life," wrote Kaufman. " Thanks again for your support and we wish your family the very best.  Joseph Corazzini from the Framingham Public Schools will be sending out information about the new provider."

Update: The MetroWest YMCA said its contract to provide afterschool care at McCarthy Elementary, Barbieri Elementary, Potter Road Elementary and Hemenway Elementary was renewed.

Framingham Patch has also heard from Dunning Elementary and Barbieri parents worried about their after-school care programs.

School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. Framingham Public Schools provided a list of providers for 7 of the nine elementary schools on its website this evening. Here is the link: http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/crd/FY15%20After%20School%20Vendors(2).pdf



Herb Chasan July 17, 2014 at 04:35 PM
In light of the recent changes in after-school programs at Stapleton and Brophy schools, we take this opportunity to remind parents that hoops and homework is running three after-school programs in the Beaver st. / Waverly st. Area. These programs do not charge a fee and are supported by donations and grants. They provide a healthy snack, homework help, exercise, and academic enrichment. For sign up information contact Herb Chasan herbchasan@aol.com
Susan Petroni July 17, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Framingham Public Schools issued a press release at 4:25 p.m. today -- you can read it at this link: http://framingham.patch.com/groups/schools/p/framingham-schools-issues-press-release-on-afterschool-contracts
David DelPrete July 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM
So many unhappy parents with the Superintendent, but yet the school committee rates him very high and enter 3 yr contract negotiations starting at 200k. Makes you wonder who the school committee is serving.
Gina Fishman July 18, 2014 at 07:47 AM
@David .... agreed.
Scott Wadland July 18, 2014 at 09:27 AM
@David ... I can tell you who they should be serving - the people who elected them. So, what are you (and other commenters here) going to do next April when SC elections come around?

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