Alabaster schools continuing support of DAY Program

The Alabaster City School System recently approved a contract with the DAY Program for at-risk students. (Contributed)

The Alabaster City School System recently approved a contract with the DAY Program for at-risk students. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Children in the Alabaster City School System will still be eligible to attend the DAY Program for struggling students after the city’s Board of Education approved a new contract with the organization during a recent meeting.

The Alabaster School Board voted unanimously during a July 25 meeting to approve a $48,000-per-year contract with the DAY Program, which is located on the second floor of the Alabaster YMCA building off Plaza Circle.

Alabaster School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers and DAY Program Executive Director Kathy Miller said the renegotiation was necessary after the Alabaster School System broke away from the Shelby County School System in 2013.

“Before, it was just Shelby County Schools, so we had to negotiate a contract with Alabaster,” Miller said during a phone interview after the meeting. “Other than that nothing has changed. We will still continue to provide services to at-risk students.”

Vickers said the agreement was negotiated down from the initial $120,000 contract proposed with the program, and said the agreement had been approved by ACS and the DAY Program based on the number of Alabaster children attending the program.

The DAY Program serves students from all schools in Shelby County who are struggling in a traditional classroom environment, and receives funding from local school systems, the Shelby County Commission and area civic organizations. Miller said about 67 percent of the program’s students are from Shelby County Schools, with the other 33 percent coming from the Pelham and Alabaster school systems.

Most of the kids at the DAY Program were referred to the program by teachers or the court system because they were disruptive in class, were having trouble coping with a school environment or had fallen behind on their academic work.

Over the years, the DAY Program has helped hundreds of struggling students to find success and eventually graduate from high school.

“It’s very important to have a relationship with (the Alabaster School System) because of our location,” Miller said. “We are happy to have them partnering with us.”