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11/27/2012 5:42:00 PM
Trustees say 'no' to teen center
By DOUG SKINNER
Community news staff

SPRINGBORO —The Clearcreek Township Board of Trustees recently unanimously defeated a proposal to share funding with a teen center at the Coffman YMCA with the city of Springboro.
“The resolution started with little chance for success when Springboro declined to participate,” township administrator Dennis Pickett said. “I have heard comments that costs were too high, concerns with the prospective continuing nature of the funding and the preference to support the existing and more strategically situated teen center at the Jonathan Wright building … I don’t see a way to salvage this project with the board of trustees.”
A committee has worked on opening a teen center for approximately a year, according to YMCA board chairman Eileen Hartlage said. “A teen center would be a wonderful addition to the city of Springboro.”
Plans call for the YMCA staff to manage and oversee the teen center, and area churches and youth ministers have promised to staff it, according to Hartlage. The YMCA has a “good-sized” room that would be used for teen activities, she said.
If teens cannot afford a youth membership to the YMCA, the staff will work with them so they can use the teen center, Hartlage said.
“We hope to be able to operate the teen center with a minimum budget,” she said.
Hartlage said she believes this teen center would be more successful than previous attempts to operate such a facility. In other facilities, there was not enough proper oversight, and there were more expenses.
“We focused on a certain target age group, junior high students,” she said.
It is hoped that these students will eventually be transitioned to leaders when they are in high school, she said.





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