Mayor proposes after-school programs at libraries

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SAN DIEGO — A proposed after-school tutoring program at the city of San Diego’s libraries would be conducted at 18 branches if approved by the City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday.

The program is part of Faulconer’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

booksThe branches that were selected have at least one school in the vicinity that scored below the target of 800 in standardized tests, the mayor’s office said.

“Libraries are the centers for building, advancing and nurturing these skills that will impact a person’s learning from early childhood through adulthood,” said Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District. “I commend Mayor Faulconer and the other city officials for recognizing the importance of libraries and the impacts they have on the success of our students and communities.”

The proposed “Do Your Homework @ the Library” program would provide one-on-one assistance to students through the eighth grade with their school- assigned homework, and offer opportunities for skill development and reinforcement. The program would run for 36 weeks during the school’s academic year.

Volunteers would be available 14 hours a week, including three hours on Saturdays.

The branches that would have the program are College-Rolando, Kensington- Normal Heights, City Heights, North Clairemont, Linda Vista, San Carlos, Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa, Pacific Beach Taylor, Scripps Miramar Ranch, Central, North Park, Otay Mesa-Nestor, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Mountain View- Beckwourth, Oak Park, Skyline Hills, and Valencia Park Malcolm X.

The proposed budget also boosts library hours by four to five a week, which would have branches open nearly as long as before the city first ran into fiscal trouble about 10 years ago.

The budget proposal will be reviewed by the City Council next month, with approval scheduled for June.

1 Comment

  • Fred

    Another stupid idea coming out of the mayor's office!

    He is just trying to make himself look good but it just gives the gangs a place to hang out a little longer.

    Libraries are outdated.

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