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Middletown Area School District will lease out space for more child care

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 9/12/18

Middletown Area School Board on Sept. 4 approved an agreement to lease space at Reid Elementary School for a before- and after-school child care program run by Growing Adventures Child Care.

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Middletown Area School District will lease out space for more child care

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Middletown Area School Board on Sept. 4 approved an agreement to lease space at Reid Elementary School for a before- and after-school child care program run by Growing Adventures Child Care.

The approval is tentative, in that district Chief Financial Officer David Franklin said there are “steps” Growing Adventures must go through before the lease can go into effect.

Growing Adventures would pay $235 a week to lease the large group instruction room at Reid for the before- and after-school child care program for the 2018-19 school year.

The lease is for one year.

The action follows concerns a parent expressed to the school board on Aug. 21, concerning difficulty accessing day care services.

Growing Adventures would be the second day care provider leasing space in a district school to offer day care.

Ebenezer Christian Child Care under an existing contract leases the cafeteria at Kunkel Elementary School for $235 a week.

The $235 is a “discounted rate” for leasing school district space, Franklin advised the board.

The board, following discussion, set the rate for Growing Adventures the same as that charged to Ebenezer for the space at Kunkel, in order to be “fair and equitable” to both providers, according to board Vice President Mike Corradi.

Member John Ponnett Jr. suggested the district set the rate charged to day care providers based on square footage, as with commercial real estate leases.

Growing Adventures has space for 24 children in its before- and after-school program on Oberlin Road in Lower Swatara Township, director Pamela Blazi told the Press & Journal.

Growing Adventures had a waiting list of around 15 children, she added.

Growing Adventures sought to lease space from the school district in April. The district denied the request because Growing Adventures wanted classroom space, which the district said teachers might need to use at the same time, according to board meeting minutes.