New Childcare Center May Fill Space Left by New Discovery

The Kings Park Board of Education will vote Tuesday evening whether or not to approve a proposal by another childcare center, New Beginnings.


A new tenant may fill the space left vacant by New Discovery Early Childhood Center in the Kings Park School District’s administration building on Lawrence Avenue.

The Kings Park Board of Education will vote on a resolution Tuesday evening whether or not to approve a lease for a new childcare facility called New Beginnings.

Sylvia Bastone, owner of New Beginnings, presented the proposal to the board at last Tuesday evening’s meeting.  Bastone worked for New Discovery as the education director.

District superintendent, Susan Agruso said there is a lease agreement, but it is not yet signed.

“The board will have conversation about it and see if the rent is acceptable, so we will see where it will go,” said Agruso in a phone conversation.

Bastone said the center would provide childcare for infants and preschool children as well as offer before and after school care for children already in school.

Bastone told the board that she has spent more than 20 years in the field and believes the center would be a good fit for the space.

The board is expected to vote on the resolution at the Tuesday evening meeting. Patch will keep you informed of the results.


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Danielle Esposito Karmel August 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Losing New Discovery was such a loss to the community. A new facility will be welcomed with open arms. I can't wait to send my little one to New Beginnings!!
John K Massaro August 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
New Discovery gets forced out & they immediately have a replacement for the building? How convenient. This whole thing stinks of typical Kings Park politics...
Maria Cirilli August 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Mrs. Bastone taught my son at New Discovery when he was 3 years old. She is warm, kind and patient. I think that New Beginnings is a welcome addition to our community. I wish Mrs. Bastone the best of luck in her new endeavor.
KPLifer August 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I love that the guy that doesnt live in KP thinks he knows anything about this issue. The former tenant was "evicted" for non payment of rent.
John K Massaro August 29, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Exactly what I'm thinking. It just seems a little weird that as soon as one business closes up shop due to high-rent, the other one is ready to move right in. As if this might have been planned all along. Force one guy out to make room for the guy who's going to put a little extra cash into your coffers, despite the loyalty & service the previous business has shown to this community for all these years. Just goes to show the old addage, "Money talks & BS walks" has never been more true. My only question is how much was the check that was passed under the table written for? And to whom? Exactly what does it cost to get into that little clique these days? After seeing the debacle that is the "School Board" right here on this website, I don't trust them as far as I could throw them...
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
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Team Abby August 30, 2012 at 01:54 AM
When you don't go with the general crowd or with people who only want to hear what they are told, it's becomes problematic to them. They tend to have a big crowd if supporters too. New Discovery was a great school and around a long time, It's a shame it went out, but that's life. My concern is how prices go up, the value of education decreases and good teachers keep getting fired while classrooms get bigger and bigger. Then we wonder why kids can't pay attention across America and everyone is paranoid over the "ADHD" issues that has become VERY common all too easily. It's none of my business who re-opens or who's doing what because my daughter is no longer in that school. It's just a shame when people in board rooms are paid big money and compromises are pushed aside for the better of everyone. I peaked inside New Beginnings the other day for one last memory and there are only 3 or 4 rooms taken. Much of it with used furniture and toys. I hope anything wood is sanded down and refinished before any infants are brought in before it opens. People can argue about the politics and board rooms all they want. My concern is for my daughter, the good teachers who get the jobs done right and the future of our kids who will become the future.
KPLifer August 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
"''It just seems a little weird that as soon as one business closes up shop due to high-rent, the other one is ready to move right in."" If this was the case, a vacant building or storefront would never get a new tenant. It is how business moves forward. The failure of the past doesnt predict the future.
KP LIslander September 01, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I can't help but wonder about something - The issue of non-payment of rent by New Discovery as it pertains to their lease agreement versus what the lease agreement is that is offered to New Beginnings. Is the new lease agreement with New Beginnings going to be for the same or more monthly as compared to what New Discovery's lease agreement was? Or less? If less, than why couldn't the school board have been able to find a way to reconfigure a new lease agreement (including a loan agreement if necessary for repayment of any overdue monies) with New Discovery in order to allow for a means for that long-time business to continue to operate there? As anyone who inquires with the Child Care Council of Suffolk County (located in Commack) would learn there are many child care centers that have closed down due to lower enrollments (due to poor economy among other reasons). That being said, how is it that New Beginnings will be able to offer child care at the same or similarly competitive (or dare say lower) rates as compared to what New Discovery had charged. Or, is it that their lease will force them to now have to consequently charge more (in these tough economic times) than what New Discovery had charged?
Team Abby September 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Why is everyone so concerned about who owns what, who bought it out and how soon after? This is trivial stuff and none of our business. It seems people are digging into matters beyond our control and/or focusing on the bi-products to more pressing issues. I don't mind who leases the school as long as they add to the good reputation the Kings Park School District is known for. NEW DISCOVERY IS DONE! Time to get over it. All these concerns about New Beginnings carrying the reputation we grew to love will come forward once they open. And yes, hard economical times has gotten so many people stirred up which is understandable. We need to stay focused on our priorities which should be our children and KEEPING the teachers who not only teach as part of their job, but teach because they have the gift of virtue in their hearts. If we can put all this energy into the stuff that doesn't matter, then imagine if people started focusing on moving forward to improving things...just imagine. Nobody says you have to enroll your child in New Beginnings if it's not to your liking or can't afford it. There are other schools who have more affordable packages.
KP LIslander September 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
@ Team Abby: While I don't dispute what you are saying about the children's well being, that still doesn't change the legitimacy of the questions that I posed which shouldn't be glossed over, trivialized or minimized by anyone under the premise of betterment for children and teacher employment. I didn't even bring anything about those aspects anyway (nor about New Beginnings' reputation) since I do not dispute these things and my questions does not have to do with those things. The rates that were charged by New Discovery vs what is to be charged by New Beginnings as they relate to the prior lease vs the new lease that the school board agreed to and oversaw (on behalf of taxpayers) is what is still at question here along with the particulars of each lease. As a taxpaying homeowner in the KP district, with having had to pay child care costs, and with having someone in my household who has recently become unemployed ironically from another closed child care center no less, gives me every right to raise such valid concerns since rates that are offered does potentially negatively impact us and our ability to "move forward", regardless if you erroneously choose to think otherwise.
Team Abby September 01, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@KPISlander - I'm not doubting you or the legitimacy of your questions. You have every right to address those issues. We are all in this together and we can only hope times improve rather than decline. Let me ask you this - if you get answers to your questions, how will that change the situation? You didn't bring any of my questionable aspects to the table, but they are important parts of the equation that do get factored in.
KP LIslander September 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
It is not a matter of changing the situation with regard to what the tenant is that is occupying the space. My questions raise the issue about transparency of ALL pertinent information that taxpaying residents have a right to know and should be apprised of. Not just being made aware of only what the school board wants to make known, while the school board knowingly chooses to withhold other information pertinent to the situation that could be released if they so chose to. Some would say that is lying by omission. Somehow that gets lost in the mix, as if that isn't important, while,on the contrary it's not right, nor is it appropriate, nor is it OK for anyone on the school board to somehow choose to think that it is.
Team Abby September 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I understand where you are coming from and wish I had the answers you seek. It's important to ask the right questions. We can only speculate based on what we hear and see yet we will never know for sure unless we are in the inside. I totally get your POVs though.
KP LIslander September 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Just to clarify - My questions posed in my original post ARE the right questions to ask which still stand for anyone (yes, even those "on the inside") to feel free to discuss (easily since one can post anonymously) and provide insight and/or clarification/elaboration on. The questions posed were based on sound rationale, and are not just merely my opinion or speculation based on my POV. I am not trying to speculate anything one way or the other other than to rightfully bring up concerns about the transparency, or lack thereof, of information from the school board and/or anyone who is "in the know". I am merely posing questions about aspects of things that nobody has felt compelled to make it a point to provide information about for some unknown reason, even though such information should have been made known since it is the taxpayers that are subsidizing operational school district costs and thus have a right to know every aspect of everything that goes on when it comes to financial related matters.
2 Cookies September 04, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Whoa there Mr. Kp LIslander!!!!!!!! I gotta say ease up on the Tabasco sauce and make room for some sweet Honey BBQ. There's too much chicken grease going around....and all this talk about "inside" info makes me wonder if we're having a steak dinner with the Illuminati. I tell you what, it's buffalo dung the whole thing. One office manager tossed out the other manager like yesterday's order of soggy fries on a 1970s Convention ad for Schwinn Bicycles. I know how them tricks work. Before I moved to KP, I lived down there in Virginia. Down south we learned how recognize the difference between cow crap and rotten skunk. One is much worse, I don't like what I smell between neither....yepp. No sirr...
KP LIslander September 04, 2012 at 04:31 AM
OK....... Thanks for clearing things up. That was sooo helpful and enlightening. Now nobody is wondering about any of this anymore.
2 Cookies September 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Nobody is wondering any more , partner... because of how you write. You're trying to sound too sophisticated and using big words in your own language. All we read is Charc Char chume tume peen nam bo chin chakka choo woo. I'm getting me some scrambled eggs on a hoagie at the Lake Grove Diner. Next blog.......
KP LIslander September 04, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Good riddance. And good luck to those on whatever blog you wind up at. It's too bad that you're unable (or choose not) to understand, nor capable of contributing to the discussion in a well-thought manner despite me having to obviously SPELL out with enough detail for any reasonable person to comprehend. Instead of focusing on the legitimate concerns brought up and coming up with an intelligent response that talks anything about the topic at hand, no, instead you try to divert attention away from that by focusing on...........nonsense. Typical. Grow up and, for the sake of anyone who would be graced by your obvious all-knowing presence on any blogs, do them all a favor and try to get educated. From what you are apparently inferring, finding some food for one's self will solve everything. Whatever. Just keep feeding your face some more crap - that is obviously what you must be good at since you are so focused on food. Here's some food for thought - Nobody cares what the heck you want to eat, nor what various culinary terms and cliches you wish to throw out there.
2 Cookies September 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I tell you what, I'm not using Obama bucks to pay for it. We'd catch our squid with our bare hands, boy. Dangit, you made this all about you in the end. You wine like a princess from them MTV shows. Wah-wah,,,,ever hog tie or ride a tractor? Nah, you're too busy catching Illuminatis and cursing at the schools and acting prima donna.
KP LIslander September 05, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Lordy, lord. What a surprise. I see how you have moved on to the next blog. By golly, gee whilikers, WTF are you even talking about? Gosh darnit, I have to admit, I don't understand imbecile lingo, nor do want to. And what exactly is your helpful contribution to the topic other than entertaining everyone by talking like some backwoods, inbred hick whose favorite movie is probably Deliverance? It's not about me and you know it. Again trying to divert attention away from the topic at hand while at the same time not providing any useful input. Regardless if you wish to erroneously choose to think otherwise (since it's not all about you or about how you wish to misinterpret or misconstrue things to suit your allegations or justifications), the fact is that it is as I've said all along - it's all about transparency and flow of information and full disclosure to taxpayers (or lack thereof), plain & simple. Nothing more. Ever go to school and learn how to engage in a civil conversation? Nah, too busy playing stuff the chicken back on the farm. Time to stop making the pigs squeal and go back to the cookie jar and have some cookies with your goat milk before taking that baby nap and dream about sheep.


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