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Rockford community center now considering bankruptcy as option

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Saving Booker Washington Community Center might mean out with the old and in with the new. Current Board of Directors' members will start the process of replacing themselves.

"If the community has lost all confidence in us, then let's just do what it takes to save our community center, save it for our youth, save it for our senior citizens, for everybody who utilizes it." -says BWCC Board Secretary Aprel Prunty.

Supporters pack into one room, discussing Booker Washington Community Center's future. Board members say the center's facing financial trouble. They won't give us specific numbers.

"I don't think it's time to necessarily talk about that. We have some people coming in to try look at that. We have been working tirelessly just to try and go through some of the things, just to see where we're at so that we can make some of the improvements." -Prunty explains.

Here are some things we do know-- the center has had to let people and programs go, like CeaseFire, an anti-violence group, plus, Booker Washington's most recent Executive Director Robert King. Also, board members say the center has lost its not-for-profit status with United Way.

"You have to file the paperwork. They notify you and they say fill out this paperwork, send in this amount of money so that we can re-establish you. They do that several times and if you don't do it, they take it away." -Prunty adds.

From here, a special committee will be created and put in charge of finding replacement board members. Then people can start to apply for those positions and ultimately, the current Board of Directors has to approve the new one. No dates have been set for any of that yet.

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