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    Lightbulb Expanding early childhood education projects

    Quote Originally Posted by “Earle Kimel”
    VENICE — The $24 million SKY Family YMCA CEO Ken Modzelewski abruptly resigned while seeking to expand new education projects. Sheriff Tom Knight, the SKY Family YMCA chairman, then worked as interim CEO, until Gordie Echtenkamp was hired as another intrim CEO who specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Marketing director Erin Chokr said there is no timetable for getting another CEO replacement.
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    Lightbulb SKY Family YMCA to end "affordable" child care in North Port

    Quote Originally Posted by “Earle Kimel”
    NORTH PORT — In 2017, SKY YMCA closed their North Port fitness center because of $200,000 in annual losses, but then they took over child care services. Now in 2019, SKY Family YMCA will stop offering child care services in North Port — and 70 children will be left without affordable day care because…
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    Last edited by Media; 07-01-2019 at 08:58 PM.
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    Lightbulb North Port YMCA will not receive more taxpayer money

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    NORTH PORT – The Sky family YMCA will stop providing affordable child care at their old North Port facility, so the city will no longer give additional funding to them – and now the YMCA is looking for money to repair their old facility. The city is opening a new aquatic center, so there is no need to spend tax payer money on an old YMCA pool.
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    Lightbulb Sarasota YMCA permanently closing fitness centers due to financial losses

    Quote Originally Posted by “Carlos R. Munoz”
    SARASOTA — The YMCA is permanently closing its Sarasota fitness centers at:

    • Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch at Potter Park
    • Frank G. Berlin Sr. Branch on South Euclid Av.

    “Despite our best efforts to stabilize the financial operations at Sarasota’s fitness centers, they continue to operate at a loss – and the YMCA can no longer support them,” said YMCA President Steve Bourne. Sample YMCA yearly salaries and bonuses include:

    • $252,000 – CEO Laura Gilbert
    • $142,000 – CEO Steve Bourne
    • $153,000 – Bonnie Gauspohl, HR director
    • $157,000 – Brena Slater, foster care director
      $704,000 – Annual executive pay (excludes regular employee's pay)

    The Sarasota YMCA was founded as a non-profit organization in 1945 by…
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    YMCA making money off "Family Empowerment Scholarship" while dropping historical YMCA services

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    Inside information says that Sky family YMCA is about to take over the Sarasota YMCA, but both YMCA organizations are hurting for money. Is Knight still at the helm of this sinking ship too?

    Quote Originally Posted by Earle Kimel View Post
    Sheriff Tom Knight, the YMCA chairman, is juggling YMCA duties with his job as sheriff.

    The YMCA grosses $24 million annually and operates in Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. It is rapidly expanding it's growth model into early childhood education:
    • 2018 - opened YMCA Sunshine Education Academy at Rod & Elaine Hershberger Child Care Center, in conjunction with PGT Innovations.
    • 2018 - built a $1.8 million campus (Sunshine Education Academy on Center Road).
    • 2019 - getting ready to build another $2.2 million academy.

    Knight said, “They email me on purchases for approvals and...”

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    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...ky-family-ymca

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos R. Munoz View Post
    SARASOTA — The YMCA is permanently closing its Sarasota fitness centers.

    “Despite our best efforts to stabilize the financial operations at Sarasota’s fitness centers, they continue to operate at a loss – and the YMCA can no longer support them,” said YMCA President Steve Bourne. Sample YMCA yearly salaries and bonuses include:
    • $252,000 – CEO Laura Gilbert
    • $142,000 – CEO Steve Bourne
    • $153,000 – Bonnie Gauspohl, HR director
    • $157,000 – Brena Slater, foster care director
    • $704,000 – Annual executive pay (excludes regular employee's pay)

    Full story:
    https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/2...tness-branches

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    It’s complicated and it’s related to making money off school vouchers.

    Key GOP players have been doing backroom deals in preparation for voucher education revenues from the State. For example, big money is made by renting land, buildings or facilities for exorbitant prices to privatized educational corporations that get their State money from school vouchers. The bulk of those State vouchers end up paying for exorbitant rental prices (for the buildings-facilities). Conversely, the privatized school staff are grossly underpaid, with little job security, when compared to public school teachers. A huge portion of the voucher money is used to rent educational facilities and lands for outrages fees. That’s where the key GOP players are making their money off the vouchers. It's a legal real estate scam, albeit it's an unethical way to scam taxpayer dollars.

    In this particular case, Knight is in the back pocket of key GOP personnel who are gaming the voucher system by building-out expensive educational facilities through the YMCA corporation, in preparation for charging exorbitant rental fees. That’s why there is a huge push to quickly build-out the educational facilities now, to receive a greater flow of incoming State vouchers that are getting ready to flood the system.

    Again, it’s complicated and Knight is caught-up in it, whether he knows it or not. However, he will be handsomely rewarded for allowing the use of the "office of sheriff" to give this financial scheme the illusion of ethical legitimacy (at his retirement because he is not running for reelection).
    The YMCA is continuing to rapidly build expensive educational facilities to make money off of them via the new school voucher system -- while dropping non-lucrative services to the community, such as historical fitness centers.

    Florida's newly created voucher is called the "Family Empowerment Scholarship" and it's the state's fifth voucher program. It's unique because it uses taxpayer money to pay private-school tuition for students whose parents make $80,000 or less a year. These "private schools" include the new ones that the YMCA is building as fast as possible (to make money off the voucher system).

    It's a rigged scam in the context that select GOP personnel had their cronies begin building these school facilities before the Family Empowerment Scholarship had been passed into the law -- in order to be pre-staged, to begin making money as soon as the new voucher law was passed by the legislation.

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