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District: New Discovery Childcare's Contract Not Likely To Be Renewed

Childcare center is looking for new location, not expected to stay after June 30.

Theis looking for a new tenant to replace which is housed in the district’s Lawrence Avenue administration building.

District Superintendent Susan Agruso said the rent paid by New Discovery does not cover the costs and that she expects that the center will no longer be renting the space after June 30.

“We expect it is something that is going to happen,” said Agruso. “We are trying to find another tenant.” According to Agruso other daycare centers may be interested.

The district has lowered the rent of the center in the past, but said it can no longer afford expenses greater than the rent they are brining in.

“Rental income is important to the district,” said Agruso.

The district is currently considering allowing a cell tower on administration property, which could bring in a total of $3.4 million in revenue over the length of the 30-year contract.

The center, which has been in Kings Park for 29 years, is hoping to find a new location in Kings Park. Many parents and school staff use the center for their childcare needs.

“We watch a lot of staff that live in Kings Park. We are a community center,” said Ebert. “School staff use the center, custodial staff, teachers and employees of the school district use the center."

Ebert said enrollment in the center is down.

New Discovery also provides before and after care for students in the district. Children are bused from Park View Elementary, RJO Middle School and William T. Rogers. The center provides care up to age 12.

Ebert, who said she doesn't yet know where she will relocate to, has every intention of keeping the program going.

Agruso said the district is looking into other options to give parents choices about before and after care.

“We will put the work out to other providers to see if they have room for other kids. We want the children to be cared for,” said Agruso, adding she hopes to have things settled by March.

Dan February 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I thought Town of Smithtown SACC coordinates before/after care for the district? http://www.smithtowninfo.com/SchoolAgeChildCareProgram/ Does this impact that program?
John Nobles February 16, 2012 at 10:46 PM
If anyone needs a new place The Learning Experience on 25A across from Bottles and Bargins in Fort Salonga is EXCELLENT! Call Dawn the director(previous director from New Discovery) 631 651-8325. She made my sons transition to her school so easy. You kids will come home happy. Feel free to call me for a reference at 631 782-1699- John
Jennifer February 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
It is impossible to get into the "after care" program that are held in the schools run by Smithtown, so they need to have options for our children who get bused to new discovery after the school day ends. Let's go Kings Park.
Dan February 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thanks for the clarification Jennifer.
dina brown March 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
KIDDIE CARE EARLY LEARNING CENTER Off Townline Long Acres Elementary School KiddieCarelearning.com 6weeks-12yr Before/after care Holiday Care Montessori Universal Pre-k 631-543-4949

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