DEBERT – A decision is expected today on whether or not an after-school program through a Debert church will live or die.
“There’s a good feeling but there’s nothing in hand … nothing tangible,” as far as community financial assistance is concerned, Debert Baptist Church’s pastor Bill Martin told the Truro Daily News on Saturday.
The church has been offering the program for two years for up to 50 children, but the initiative has resulted in close to a $20,000 deficit, which is money that comes out of the church’s expenses.
An emergency meeting was held last Monday with a plan to decide on whether or not to shut down the elementary-student based program on Friday. The intention was to have an outreach to the community, seeking financial assistance last week. However, Martin confirmed “we don’t know anything until Tuesday.”
The reason for the delay is that “businesses were not in a position” to give an answer or specific assistance with only a few days notice. Also, said Martin, “not all reports” were in regarding how the outreach was going.
Having a decision by early in the week would be beneficial because a new school year begins on Thursday.