To charge or not to charge for Boys & Girls Club

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/12/22

The Weld County Boys & Girls Club and the Weld Re-8 School District will need to draw up another intergovernmental agreement, board members learned Aug. 11.

The last contract began in 2015. It …

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To charge or not to charge for Boys & Girls Club

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The Weld County Boys & Girls Club and the Weld Re-8 School District will need to draw up another intergovernmental agreement, board members learned Aug. 11.

The last contract began in 2015. It lets the organization use space at Butler Elementary School for about 65 students in the Re-8 district.

The agreement doesn’t call for money to change hands. Superintendent Alan Kaylor said, “The only thing we offer is space.”

“It costs $10 a year to belong,” he told the board during an Aug. 11 workshop. “We don’t supply any labor. Our facilities are narrow because of what we offer in the school. It’s a tough conversation.”

Kaylor said the overall worth of the program was hard to value.

“They are our kids,” he told the board. "It’s a great program to allow their kids to be there until six o'clock.”

Kaylor also told the board that the club director, Terry Adams, “was making sure we weren’t being taken advantage of.”

“Can we include the city in this conversation?” asked board member Cristian Gonzalez.

“It’d be great to have them in on it. But that discussion has fallen on deaf ears,” Kaylor said. “They have no interest in being involved. Why? Politics.”

Originally, the club’s base was at Twombly Elementary School.

“When we went to the two-tiered busing program, we could no longer transport kids to Twombly,” Kaylor said. “That’s when we relocated to Butler.”

Because of the meeting’s format, there was no decision.

Two parades in one weekend

Trapper Days and Fort Lupton's homecoming weekend are the same weekend: Sept. 9 (homecoming) and 10 (Trapper Days).

That means two parades in as many days.

"I was trying to gauge the homecoming date, and I was told we had three home (football) games," board member Cody LeBlanc said.  LeBlanc said he was confused by the dates and why the homecoming game was scheduled on an already busy weekend.

Athletic Director Rick Jacoby said the school does not have many options now.

"The schedules are done before the previous season is over," Jacoby said. "The first thing I saw is we only have three home games."

The school is tied to a schedule that he didn't create, Jacoby said. He expects Fort Lupton to host more home football games in the 2023-24 season.

"So next year, we're going to need more money for officials," Jacoby said.

"It's not directed at you," LeBlanc said.

"But it will be directed at me," Jacoby said. "We do a lot of our fundraising during Trapper Days."

Former FLHS athletic director and current chief financial officer Jim Roedel said he has helped set up football schedules as a part of the job. The goal is to choose an opponent for the homecoming game that would be competitive with Fort Lupton.

"When I was making the schedule, I wasn't worried about the date," Roedel said . "I was worried about what the other team looked like."

Weld Re-8 School District, Weld Re-8 board of education, Weld County Boys & Girls Club, Jim Roedel

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