In response to inquiries we have received we wanted to try to provide some additional information regarding our programs and the town pool.
With respect to our programs, the difficult decision was made to cancel all spring and summer programs. The “profit margin” on our programs is minimal. Given the state guidelines, simply put, we would not be able to keep the lights on.
We have had drastic but temporary reductions in staffing hours as well.
With respect to the Summer Program we were hopeful based on the initial survey results from the families who had signed up for our usual program that we could run some sort of summer program at break even. However when it actually came time to confirm, many families were no longer interested for various reasons. Again, simply put, we cannot run a program at that kind of loss and keep the lights on.
With respect to the pool. Our pool runs at a deficit each year and the cost is supplemented by pool field trips and other programs, none of which can happen this year. So again, we are not able to run the pool at the kind of cost it generates with no other income.
We realize this is difficult for many, and no one is more upset than we are. We are a self -funded department which means we rely on program revenue not tax dollars.