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Board to decide fate of programs for girls

(ran West edition)

The Juvenile Welfare Board is scheduled to decide Thursday what agency, if any, will take over the programs once run by Girls Inc. The board eliminated its $265,533 contribution to Girls Inc. earlier this year. Board staff members cited 22 reasons for recommending the action, ranging from concerns about the group's fiscal health to alleged failures to live up to its Juvenile Welfare Board contract. Girls Inc. officials denied those charges. Gift of Life, an adoption agency that provides community services, and a coalition of the YWCA of Tampa Bay and the Girl Scouts have applied to provide a girls-only program. The Juvenile Welfare Board staff has recommended the YWCA and Girl Scouts should offer the program. The board's meeting is at 9 a.m. Thursday, 6698 68th Ave. N, Suite A, Pinellas Park.

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