Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is looking to hire more staff for its popular Adventure Club programs, which are being offered in some Parkway District elementary schools for the first time this school year.
The before- and after-school, late start/holiday and summer care programs have been a staple since 1984 in Rockwood District elementary schools.
Rockwood Director of Community Education Michael Seppi told Rockwood’s Board of Education on Sept. 4 that Adventure Club has the biggest program participation in the two districts’ new community education partnership.
He said that, as of Aug. 25, 1,321 Rockwood and 399 Parkway students were enrolled in before and after school care.
Enrollment is ongoing and applications are accepted throughout the school year, but placement of students is dependent on staffing levels, he said.
Student wait lists started in July for Rockwood and Parkway Adventure Clubs, said Leanne Cantu, Adventure Club coordinator. There are wait lists at 11 Rockwood and eight Parkway schools, she said.
As of Aug 25, there were only 120 Rockwood and 36 Parkway full- and part-time school-based Adventure Club staff, she said.
“As of now, 64 Adventure Club shifts (between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and between 4 and 6 p.m.) need to be filled to relieve wait lists and achieve program staff-to-student ratios, due to the current lack of enough personnel,” she said.
Cantu said staff recruitment efforts have been made through Facebook, school district websites, principal blogs and newsletters, and job banks at colleges.
Seppi added that having more Adventure Club staff will be important, since the program will expand to all 18 Parkway elementary schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
“It’s great that we have so many families who want to be part of this program but we need to continue staffing efforts to relieve these wait lists,” he said.
Rockwood board president Bill Brown agreed that, “as the program expands to more Parkway schools, these staffing challenges will be magnified.”