Grants ending for dozens of Central Texas after-school programs

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A few days into summer vacation dozens of Central Texas principals are trying to figure out how to pay for after-school programs next school year.

KXAN News has learned the 5-year cycle runs out at the end of July for nearly 70 local schools receiving federal money for the programs through what’s called the “21st Century grant.”

Pecan Springs Elementary in Northeast Austin is one of 13 schools affected in the Austin Independent School District.

Andy Roddick Foundation's summer camp at Pecan Springs Elementary.
Andy Roddick Foundation’s summer camp at Pecan Springs Elementary.

“Oh my gosh, after school programs are so important for kids,” said principal Elaine McKinney.

Her campus is getting a lot of help from a famous Austinite. The Andy Roddick Foundation will be donating money to keep their after school program alive.

“It was a no-brainer for our foundation,” said Roddick. “Luckily, I have a very good staff who put in a lot of research and one of the gaps in Austin was out of school time.”

The retired pro tennis player was at the school Tuesday hanging out with kids participating in a new five-week summer camp his foundation is also putting on.

Kids were busy doing everything from yoga, playing instruments to planting a vegetable garden.

It is the beginning to a long-term relationship between the school district and the foundation.

The goal behind the short-term grants is for campuses to eventually find ways to sustain programs in the long-run.

Changes in Funding

Area 2013-14 active sites 2014-15 active sites
Austin 53 40
Bastrop 12 2
Del Valle 10 0
Manor 10 0
Pflugerville 10 0
Round Rock 10 0
Taylor 4 0
Total 109 42


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