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After-school programs can continue, thanks to renewed community-center funding

After-school tutoring and enrichment will continue at Friends of King’s two schools.

State education officials renewed Friends of King’s contract with the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, which enables schools to provide those services. The organization first received the $480,000 contract last July. That amount will be renewed again in 2015, pending state approval.

The board, which runs Dr. King Charter School and Joseph A. Craig Charter School, approved the renewal at its meeting Tuesday. They also received updates on senior activities and end-of-year celebrations.

This year, King Charter will graduate nearly 40 seniors, the group’s chief executive officer Doris Roché-Hicks said. Getting them all ready for graduation was difficult; some came to King academically behind. OneApp – the city’s unified application process – “doesn’t take organizational patterns, and whether they’re on target to graduate” into consideration, she said.

Challenges met, King’s 2014 graduating class has received more than $500,000 in college scholarships and financial aid, according to King’s records. Seniors graduate May 9, and three seniors will participate in a Recovery School District College Acceptance Celebration on May 1.

Also at the meeting, Friends of King board president Hilda Young called for public comment before the board took action on two items, which is in line with state open-meetings law. A school representative also asked visitors if they would like to speak before the meeting began.

Other upcoming King events:

  • Spring Pageant, May 3

  • 8th grade graduation, May 12

  • Kindergarten graduation, May 13

  • Pre-K graduation, May 14

  • Last day of school, May 16
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  • nickelndime

    FRIENDS OF KING: Well, this is wonderful. This group has done a complete turnaround from last year and appears to have corrected all of its missteps (ETHICS, OPEN MEETINGS LAW…), and it just keeps going forward. It really does pay to have friends in high places – if that’s what you want to call the Locals and the State. I have fallen off of my chair and am rolling on the floor. What is THE LENS going to do when all of this falls apart like a house of cards? Personally, I would have kept the heat on and have gotten ready for the meltdown!Sizzle Sizzle

  • Lisa Love

    Hello Hester, We love that you LOVE King. Smooches