BY GABE LICHT
MONTROSE, MN Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Community Education personnel announced to parents Jan. 11 that Montrose Little KidKare, a daycare program for children birth to age 5, would end March 30, though Montrose KidKare would be expanded to include preschool for children 3 and older.
“The district is no longer able to sustain the daycare program without substantially raising the fees to cover the daily operating costs,” the district announced in a press release.
The BHM School Board, however, tabled the issue during Monday’s meeting.
“Director of Community Education Kim Carlson said that a meeting took place with families Jan. 18 about closing the infant/toddler childcare program,” according to BHM board briefs. “She shared that she has had conversations with area childcare businesses to see if there would be an interest in someone opening a childcare program at the Montrose site. One out of seven contacted is showing some interest.”
Board members Bob Sansevere and Amanda Reineck moved to close the program June 30, dependent upon the ability to staff the current program until that time, as it would provide more time for families to make alternative arrangements. It was noted that the decision would cost about $25,000 more.
The motion failed 0-5, and the board instead tabled the item until a Feb. 12 workshop, when they hope to have a decision from the business potentially interested in operating a childcare center at the Montrose site.
Regardless of the decision, a number of services will continue to be offered at the location.