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The Town of Ipswich, acting for its Town-School Coordination Committee (the Committee) contracted with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct a preliminary assessment of the current recreation program offerings of the Town Recreation Department, the Ipswich School Department and the Ipswich YMCA to assist the Committee in discussing options to optimize programming. Project Leader for the assessment was Center Senior Associate Richard Kobayashi. Associate Chris Howell performed the on site work and was the principal author of the report. Specific objectives of the assessment included:

  1. Identifying areas of programming overlap;
  2. Identifying over- or under-utilized facilities; and
  3. Identifying programs that may benefit from increased resources.

The Town-School Coordination Committee included both the Town Manager and School Superintendent as well as representatives from the School Committee, Selectmen and Finance Committee.


Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, University of Massachusetts Boston



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