Orange Elementary Schools’ before and after school program will have a new organizational structure for the upcoming school year. The board of education opted to eliminate the position of the School of the 21st Century program director and to pass administrative responsibility to a teacher at each of the elementary schools.
“Site managers will continue taking lead of the program and we’ve added a new role, a site coordinator at each school,” explains Superintendent of Schools Vincent Scarpetti. “This will give teachers an opportunity to gain administrative experience since there are not as many opportunities here as would be in a large district.” While site managers will run the day-to-day program, site coordinators will oversee scheduling and the budget.
Along with the organizational change comes a tuition increase of roughly $20 per month. The 21st Century before and after school program operates every school day, including minimum days, and follows the town of Orange Public School calendar. The program serves roughly 250 students each year.
The before-school programs are held at Peck Place, Race Brook and Turkey Hill Schools, from 7:00 – 8:20 a.m. and include light breakfast, completion of homework, crafts, games, and preparing for the new day. The afternoon program runs from 2:55 to 6 p.m. and includes a healthy snack, time for homework, computers, crafts, playground time, and a physical education teacher at each program 2 to 3 times a week for organized sports & games.
The School of the 21st Century is intended to provide a safe, worry-free environment for Orange children who cannot be home with a parent before or after school. Organizers focus on meeting the developmental needs of each individual child through successful, enriching, and quality experiences that enhance self-esteem.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent