NEWBERRY – The Newberry City Commission will be discussing upcoming programming for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, which will be up and running in several weeks.

The city’s recreation department presented options to the commission to expand the scope of its involvement at the community center. And other organizations have been asked to submit proposals if they would like to be included in the center’s operation, said Commissioner Alena Lawson.

Pastor Lewis King, who brought youngsters to the commission meeting May 13 to give them a firsthand look at local government, said the building’s construction is not the community’s concern.

“We want to make sure the commission gives us clear directions on what’s going to be happening in the building so we as citizens would know who will be operating it,” King said.

One forthcoming decision will be whether volunteers or part-time employees run the center.

“In July the kids will be out of school, and we want programs going on to keep them entertained and keep them from being mischievous while also providing them an opportunity to learn,” King said.

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