Education

Some students will have rides to after-school programs this month

The IP Center will provide transportation to students through September.
The IP Center will provide transportation to students through September. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

At least one of the clubs in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast will provide transportation through September, despite an announcement earlier this week that the organization is cutting transportation services for its five clubs in Hancock and Harrison counties.

Buses will be available this month to pick up children who attend after-school programs at the IP Center at 10444 Lamey St. in D’Iberville. The IP club picks up students at Popp’s Ferry and North Bay elementary schools in Biloxi and at the D’Iberville elementary and middle schools.

Also, Pass Christian School District Superintendent Carla J. Evers said there will be no transportation problems at the Qatar Center at 220 Church St. because the center is part of the district’s K-8 school.

However, the Hancock County Unit at 310 Old Spanish Trail in Bay St. Louis and the Forest Heights Center at 201 Holly Circle in Gulfport will no longer offer transportation.

Officials with the East Biloxi Unit at 390 Crusaders Boulevard could not be reached for comment Friday.

In a letter detailing the effects of recent funding cuts, Keva Scott, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, said she’s been forced to cut transportation for five clubs in Harrison and Hancock counties.

The state cuts stem from what has been characterized as an accounting error with the Mississippi Department of Education, which said it would cut $650,000 from the program. Scott said the amount is equal to a third of the organization’s budget.

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