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City of Menlo Park Gymnastics class reductions

From: domainremoved <Pearce>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2018 10:22:31 -0700

I recently received the City of Menlo Park Activity Guide in the mail and was dismayed to see that approximately 36 City of Menlo Park Gymnastics classes were cut from the program.

 I was aware that this was proposed in the February staff report to the Parks and Recreation Commission, however I had expected that other actions would be taken to avoid such cuts.

Other gymnastics facilities in the area are running programs with close to 3,000 students and have around 60 staff members. With the facility that the City currently has for Gymnastics, there is no reason that the program couldn’t be at that level.
 
From my experience at City of Menlo Park Gymnastics and having worked at other Gymnastics Facilities, I believe that there are changes that could be implemented that would not only avoid cutting classes, but would lead to an increase in the number of classes offered.
 
In order to attract qualified applicants The City needs to pay a competitive wage. Most Gymnastics facilities in the area pay between $20 - $25 dollars per hour. Menlo Park pays between $12 - $19 per hour.
 
The City must also have an annual pay raise for temporary employees. If you can find a good employee, it is in the programs interest to keep that person. This raise should not be tied to increased duties, but should be instituted for everyone who proves to be a good teacher and employee.
 
Lastly, it is important that a department whose purpose is to provide recreation to the community should be a fun and productive work environment. When the employees are enjoying their workplace, it will be evident and will result in the participants enjoying the programs. Since management sets the tone for the department, it is imperative that changes in their approach to staffing be made.

 If this cannot be done, then perhaps the City should consider contracting out the program to a company that can make the necessary changes in how the program is managed.
 
There are 3 scenarios: Make the necessary improvements and grow the program. Contract the program out to an outside group that will make the necessary improvements. Continue with the current approach and expect different results
 
https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/16821 <https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/16821>
 
 
Pearce Wagner
Received on Sun Sep 02 2018 - 10:21:52 PDT

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