Spokane’s Central Valley School District this week announced it’s working with the Boys and Girls Club to develop what it terms a “Family Engagement Center.”
Central Valley is repurposing its Keystone Elementary School to have a new life as a community center.
“The Family Engagement Center will be open different portions of the day for parents to come in and access our social workers, our homeless liaison and our foster care advocate," said Terrie VanderWegen, the district’s assistant superintendent for elementary learning and teaching.
“We also believe that it will be a place where parents can access computers, to be able to register students for school. If they have specific needs, they’ll be able to talk to our social workers and our social workers can help them in terms of accessing those resources," she said.
The center will also be a place where kids can hang out after school. The district is working with the Boys and Girls Club, which will operate part of the center, not only during the school year, but also during summers and holidays.
The club will also be in charge on renovating the facility, which is scheduled to open next fall. Vander Wegen says the district will transfer its social service staff to the new center.