by: Diane Benjamin
This is a link to the Packet given to alderman for tonight’s meeting: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5206 This issue starts on page 95. The proposal made by the West Side churches starts on page 97.
First, their document is riddled with errors and incomplete sentences. Somehow moving the YMCA gets into the discussion, even though it has nothing to do with the program.
Next, there are a bunch of questions that should be answered:
- Program is rushed. Bloomington should take more time to examine. I’ve always known summer comes at the same time of year. It’s inexcusable that this project proposal comes one month from initial meeting, with little time for alderman to review.
- There are no performance metrics embedded into the proposal as written in the board packet. What is the average income of the child benefiting? Are all children welcome to the program or do they have to be members of the church? What about Jewish, Muslim, or children of Agnostic/Atheist parents? Are they eligible? Will the city get a report on exactly how that money was used, and what kids were served?
- Bloomington has limited funds. Was there a competitive bidding process inviting all social service providers to bid on this project? Perhaps some other agency can do this better?
- Redundancy. Are there other programs that are similar in nature that are being provided elsewhere?
- Are the facilities compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- Does this program raise the possibility of the city being sued?
- Are there any performance metrics showing this program even works in preventing crime or drug use?
- Are the adults in class with the children?
Karen Schmidt knew about this proposal since April 30th. Is it easier to pass when summer is here and time is of the essence?
More points to consider:
The Field Trip budget is enormous. 3 field trips a week for 12 weeks?