Southern York County School District, YMCA branch work together on cost-saving intiative

A partnership between the Southern York County School District and the Southern Branch YMCA is saving money for the school district and recently earned recognition from the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.

The association gave the district its 2013 Award of Achievement, which comes with a $2,000 scholarship for a student seeking post-secondary education, for its partnership with the YMCA.

The district used to rent the Southern Branch YMCA pool for its interscholastic athletic team, according to a news release, but it had become difficult to fund with recent budget cuts. The YMCA, meanwhile, had some difficulty funding maintenance projects and getting timely repairs done, the release said.

So now, the district’s maintenance staff provides about $5,000 worth of maintenance projects in exchange for the district’s swimming teams using the pool, Wayne McCullough, chief financial and operations officer for the district, said in an email. The work has included floor finishing, HVAC service,¬†and other maintenance repairs, he said.

The district and the YMCA entered a shared-services agreement in 2010, he said.

“This solution is an excellent example of non-profit organizations sharing resources resulting in a win-win scenario for both organizations. In short, they needed improved maintenance of their building systems on a timely basis and we needed cost control,” McCullough wrote. “The demonstrated positive results included savings for the school district, improved maintenance at the YMCA, and a stronger relationship between both.”

Related story: Southern Branch YMCA offers free swimming lessons to second-graders.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record. Follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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