Despite numerous posts being filled, Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is continuing to seek staff for its popular Adventure Club programs.
Rockwood’s Board of Education on Oct. 16 approved a plan to provide a $25 cash stipend per new employee referral for existing Adventure Club employees, who have been employed for 90 days or more. To receive the stipend for referrals, referred employees also must remain on the job for 90 days or more.
Adventure Club programs have been a staple in the Rockwood district since 1984 and now are being offered in some Parkway elementary schools for the first time.
Programs offer before and after school care, early dismissal and late start care, holiday care and summer programs for elementary school students.
Applications for children to participate in the program are accepted throughout the school year; however, the placement of students is dependent on staffing levels. Wait lists for some schools are offered, said Leanne Cantu, Adventure Club coordinator.
As of mid-October, Cantu said 26 Adventure Club shifts (6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) needed to be filled.
“But that’s down from 83 shifts we needed to fill earlier this school year,” she said, adding that a recent West Newsmagazine article had helped with recruiting.
In addition to West Newsmagazine, staff recruitment efforts have been made through Facebook, school district websites, principal blogs and newsletters, and job banks at colleges.
Having more Adventure Club staff will be important, since the program will expand to all 18 Parkway elementary schools (nine offer it now) for the 2016-2017 school year.
Staff applications are available on the school districts’ websites, Cantu said.