BRAWLEY, Calif. – The Boys and Girls Club program in El Centro has been discontinued due to a lack of funding. The club program located at De Anza Middle Shcool is no longer operating but clubs in Holtville and Brawley continue to remain open. We spoke to Interim Executive Director, Misty Lee of the Boys and Girls Club and she explained what is happening.
“Unfortunately we have made the tough decision to suspend the school program in El Centro as well as the summer program this year. We face some financial challenges that has prevented us to have the funding.”
she also went on to explain.
“We do strive to keep the cost for the member and the parents low. We charge $25 a year for a membership, in reality it costs about $600 a year to service each member. So as you can see, what we charge is much less than what it costs to actually service the member.”
Richard Sanchez, Principal of De Anza Magnet School issued this statement about the closure.
“De Anza Magnet School and the El Centro Elementary School District were disappointed to learn that the program will not be returning for the 2016-17 school year. We have known it to be a great program and would be excited to have them back if their funding returns, however, we also understand the difficulties in funding such a program. We are currently in the process of exploring alternative programs and solutions that may be provided for our students and families in the Fall of 2016.”
The next plan of action for the Boys and Girls club is to work with the community in hopes of reopening the program in El Centro sometime soon.
For questions and concerns you can reach the Boys and Girls Club at (760) 344-2040.