Kelly departs center, interim director named

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive board president Greg Ross said this week negotiations with a replacement for center director Pierrette Kelly are ongoing.

But Kelly’s last day as director was Friday, Oct. 26. She left with husband Paul for Ireland to tend to family matters following the death of his mother.

With her departure, Scott Dell, associate director, was named interim director by the executive board.

Another board member indicated the potential new director is in the process of giving notice to his/her present employer and it could require more than a month before arriving to the job.

“We’ll give you the news as soon as it happens,” Ross said.

Ross, during the center board meeting Oct. 22, made no mention of a new director.

Kelly has been director of the center for 22 years before announcing her retirement in late April. She gave the board 30 days to find a replacement, but later agreed to remain until a new director was selected.

The selection process has taken more than six months.

In other board news, associate director Scott Dell reported summer programs did “very well,” with the teen program generating $7,000.

Dell said the center’s golf tournament netted $22,000 after expenses.

“We usually take a big hit in the summer, but not so this year,” Dell said.

Ross observed that the center may have to concentrate on more adult activities, because Anna Maria Elementary School enrollment for 2012-13 is down by 40 students from last year. He said the center depends on younger students to support the after-school program.

Dell agreed, adding the adult leagues sports are “getting larger.”

Elections to a seat on the board of directors will be held at the board’s next meeting, which will be at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the center.

Anyone interested in becoming a board member should attend, Ross said.

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