Clovis Recreation Dept Cutbacks

February 2, 2009 9:21:22 PM PST
The "Clovis Way of Life" may not be as comfortable as it used to be. Dropping sales and property tax revenue has reached the point where city recreation programs, like Parent and Me classes, are being cut by 95-percent. Recreation Supervisor Glen Beatrez lost seven of nine full time employees to layoffs. He said, "For our programs what you really need is people, if you have good people you can always find the supplies, the community will donate that. Unfortunately this time we're losing employees and you need good employees that can help teach the programs."You'll find Aileen Spann at the Clovis Recreation Center three times a week for her senior stretch and tone class. "I love it. I love it. It's great. It's good for the mind, spirit and good for the body, everything." She credits the exercise with her "youthful looks" and says most people can't believe she's 89. "Was born the last day of 1919. I have a pacemaker going and I'm ready to go."

Clovis City Manager Kathy Millison says it's tough getting rid of recreational programs like free summer camps that provide lunch for kids. "It's very apparent to us that for many kids that is one of their strongest meals for the day. My worry is that many of these kids are gonna be left at home as latch key kids without supervision because their parents are going to be working." She's not endorsing Measure A, the one cent sales tax proposed for Clovis, but says the extra revenue would certainly help.

Adrienne Harter brings her two young children to one of the toddler classes that almost got cut, if not for an intern who committed to working for free through May.

After that, no teacher, no class. Some cuts have already been made and the rest will take affect February 13th.

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