ES school board receives community center update

Friday, December 15, 2017

Representatives of the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation told the Eureka Springs School Board on Monday night that mold remediation will begin next week at the center, which is housed at the former Eureka Springs High School.

Diane Murphy, chair of the foundation’s board of directors, said the foundation has received a $50,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation that will help pay for the mold remediation.

Murphy told the school board that the community center has made a commitment to host the annual Chocolate Lovers Festival, which is traditionally held in February, so the mold remediation must be completed by then.

Murphy said the community center expects to open its gym for limited hours this spring.

Foundation board member Kathy Remenar, a retired Eureka Springs High School teacher, told the board that the community center’s after-school program is running well. Remenar said an average of 40 to 45 children a day are participating in the program, which is in its second year. There was no charge for participation in the first year; this year, Remenar said there is a “minimal” charge but scholarships are available for students whose families can’t afford to pay for the program.

“Everything’s coming together,” said Murphy, who added that the board is working as quickly as its finances will allow.

“We are always moving at the pace of the money,” she said.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the district administration building.

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