YMCA leader presents summer program offerings to VISD board

YMCA leader presents summer program offerings to VISD board

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria ISD board met tonight as part of regular monthly meeting and heard from the executive director of the local YMCA about what summer education opportunities the Y has to offer.

William “Bud” Oliver, Executive Director of the YMCA of the Golden Crescent, emphasized the strides the Y has made in closing the achievement gap.

This was after months of tensions between the fitness organization and school district over a new out-state-vendor taking over the after school program – which the YMCA had been facilitating for 28 years.

The new contract with Right At School, based out of Chicago, is for a year.

“That’s one thing we should have been doing that we didn’t do, is to keep that line of communication open,” Oliver said. “We never went into this trying to be confrontational or anything like that, we went into it thinking, ‘Okay how do we get better?’ Hopefully we can get it back in a year and continue doing what the Y is known for and that’s taking care of kids.”

The Victoria ISD board leadership thanked Oliver for his presentation – an olive branch after getting through the initial backlash supporters of the Y expressed over the exit of the local program.

Parents have already started to register their students for the new Right At School program on the school district’s website.