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Village RFP Seeks Summer Day Camp Vendors

Nyack, March 14 — Following a recommendation from the NYS comptroller last month, the Village of Nyack has published a Request For Proposal seeking alternate vendors for running the “Camp Nyack” summer program. The program has been run by the Nyack Center since 2008 and the community center is expected to enter a bid this year.

The summer program, housed in the school district’s middle school, is a daycare program which predominantly serves underprivileged children in Grades 1-6 who are students in the Nyack School District.

Last month the NYS Comptroller’s Division of Local Government and School Accountability criticized the village for insufficient oversight of Camp Nyack from 2008-2011 for not segregating funds for village residents from monies for students who live in South Nyack, Clarkstown and Orangetown.

“This RFP has nothing to do with the quality of the Camp Nyack program administered by The Nyack Center,” said Nyack Mayor Jen White. “It’s something we are now required to do.”

Responses to the RFP are due to the village administrator by Mar 30. Vendors will be permitted to use school property to host the program as long as they meet insurance requirements, says White.

Between the lines of the proposal, a careful read shows that about half of the students enrolled in Camp Nyack last year may get dropped from the program this Summer. The comptroller’s report forbids the 2012 operator of the program from providing services to school district children in Grades 1-6 who don’t live in Nyack unless another funding is secured from the adjacent municipalities or another source. If the Summer class of 2012 is about the same size as 2011, about 60 grade school kids and their parents in Greater Nyack may be without daycare this summer.

Source: RFP – Entity to Administer and Operate Camp Nyack,  3/9/2012
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