UPDATE: Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club temporarily closes; organization issues statement

Monongalia and Preston

UPDATE: 7/23/19 (3:05 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has released the following statement related to the temporary closure of the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club.

“First and foremost, the safety, protection and well-being of the children we serve is our number one priority. Last week, the board of directors of the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club (MBGC) announced that its Club sites would close temporarily after it was determined that several operational improvements needed to be made in order to ensure that members continue to receive the best possible Club experience every day. Some of the operational enhancements will be safety related.  We are aware of social media posts regarding allegations of inappropriate behavior by a MBGC employee, and it is our understanding that the Club has been working with the parent to address these allegations.”

Statement from Boys & Girls Clubs of America

A concerned parent attended the Monongalia County Commission meeting Wednesday to voice her concern after the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club abruptly closed Monday afternoon.

The Boys and Girls program provides care for children when school is not in session and is also an after school program. Many parents take their children to the program five days a week.

“We are now left without childcare for our kids and its affecting 100 plus children right now. And that’s also affecting the parents. We all work and we all have places to be and it’s a great place for our kids and we currently don’t have that now,” said Taryn Moser, concerned parent.

The Board of Directors of the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club released this statement:

“Effective immediately the Board of Directors of the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club has ordered a “temporary” closure of Club sites so that important operational improvements can be made. We realize the inconvenience this closure may create for our Club families and we are working with our community to do our best to accommodate members at this time. Our commitment to the well-being of the youth we serve is unwavering, and we anticipate our Clubs to re-open for our after-school care. We look forward to continued service to our community and creating the best possible experiences for Club members.”

Kristi Wood Turner
Board Chairman

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