Madison-Plains will offer at-school childcare

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(Posted Dec. 22, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Madison-Plains Local Schools will begin pre-registration Feb. 1 for latchkey services set to start next school year.

The district is launching the at-school childcare in conjunction with the start of its new two-tiered busing system.

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, students in grades 7-12 will be bused to school first, with their school day running from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students in grades K-6 will be bused to school second, with their school day running from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Currently, all students in grades K-12 attend school from 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Parents who leave for work before their younger children would get on the bus under the new schedule expressed concerns during bussing discussions held this fall. The concerns prompted the search for childcare options.

The district is partnering with the Madison Champaign Educa-tional Service Center to offer latchkey childcare before and after school hours at the schools for students in grades K-6.

“Right now, we’re looking at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” said Superintendent Tim Dettwiller.

The district is holding pre-registration to get an idea of how many families are interested in using the service and at what hours. By March 1, the district should be able to establish fees and post positions for a program director and staff members.

Registration begins April 1.

New school board member

District Treasurer Todd Mustain said he has received about 12 resumés from individuals interested in completing the unexpired term of former school board member David Hunter. Hunter resigned from the school board after being elected as a county commissioner in the Nov. 8 election.

Mustain has turned the resumés over to the remaining board members, who will choose Hunter’s replacement in time for their Jan. 13 meeting. Also at that meeting, the board will elect a new board president and vice president for 2017.

The board meets at the elementary school. The Jan. 13 meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Tolles representative

At the Dec. 13 school board meeting, Mark Mason was named as the district’s representative on the Tolles Career and Technical Center school board. New to the position, he will serve a three-term starting Jan. 1.

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