Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Child care, kindergarten programs possible for LES

March 13, 2002

Aministrators are trying for the second straight year to introduce a before- and after-school program into the Basehor-Linwood School District.

At the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting Monday, March 11, board members were given a brief presentation on the "A Deere Place Child care Program."

The program offers extended-day kindergarten and before- and after-school care for students in kindergarten through sixth-grade.

Last year, school officials tried to launch a similar program through the YMCA. However, not enough students signed up for the program and it was dropped from the district.

School officials said bad timing and high enrollment fees were to blame for the YMCA program's failure.

Despite the previous attempt, school district administrators said they were enthused about the possibility of bringing A Deere Place to the school district.

"It's an exciting opportunity for us and I am truly excited about it," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.

"I think we're in a better position now than we were with the YMCA," LES Principal Vicki McEnroe said.

The new LES programs would be run by A Deere Place owner and operator Debbie Deere. Enrollment fees for the program have not yet been determined, school officials said.

Deere currently runs a similar program in the Lansing School District runs the program, which is more affordable than the YMCA program, school officials said.

"It is not easy to find child care here," McEnroe said.

McEnroe said a parent survey indicated a strong need for a program such as A Deere Place.

"We had the largest number (of parents) say they would like an option," she said.

LES has one morning kindergarten class so the kindergarten classroom would be used for the extended kindergarten in the afternoon. A multi-purpose room would be used for the before-and-after-school care program.

McEnroe said the program has been discussed among the faculty members and all the LES teachers were in favor of the new program.

"We've talked about it a lot and they understand there is a need for it," she said.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.