Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 4, 2012

Daycare operating in the black

By Heather Mullinix
Assistant editor

CROSSVILLE — Financial records of a new daycare operation at Homestead Elementary show the program is operating in the black, with a balance of $1,047.11.

The board requested an update on the program, in its first year at the school, during its August meeting, following reports enrollment in the program was lower than had been anticipated.

Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle reported four children are enrolled, and two part-time employees staff the program that is an extension of the schools long-standing before- and after-school child care program. The program only takes children from employees of the school and is limited by the teacher/pupil ratio set by the Tennessee Department of Education of 1 to 5, and is licensed for up to eight children in the space available.

"Play stations and activities were set up throughout the classroom," VanWinkle wrote in her report. "The classroom was equipped with sleeping areas for each child. Changing charts were posted for each child to record diaper changing. Intake charts were posted for each child to record food and fluid intake. The charts are sent home daily along with an activity log for the day."

She also noted the facility had been inspected by the state in both announced and unannounced visits and was found to be in compliance.

As of Sept. 27, the program had revenues of $2,520 and expenditures of $1,472.89. The before- and after-school child care program has taken in revenues of $11,126.36 and spent $8,309.38, leaving a balance of $2,816. These programs are required to be self-sufficient and receive no funding from the board's budget.

In other business, the following took place:

•Appointed Rebecca Wood and Bruce Simmons as system testing coordinators for the 2012-'13 school year.

•Appointed Paul Hodge as chairman of the disciplinary hearing committee and Bruce Simmons, Lisa Phillips, Eddie Nunley and Tim Claflin as members of the committee for the 2012-'13 school year.

•Approved disposal of surplus property at South Cumberland Elementary, Brown Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary.

•Approved overnight trips for the Cumberland County High School girl's basketball team for Nov. 23-24 to Cleveland, TN, and Dec. 27-29 to Dover, TN, to participate in basketball tournaments.

•Approved an overnight, out-of-state trip for the CCHS cross country team Oct. 5-6 to attend the Jesse Owens Classic 5K race in Moulton, AL.

•Approved an overnight trip for the Junior Beta Club at Martin Elementary to attend the state convention Nov. 19-20 in Nashville.

•Approved an overnight, out-of-state trip for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Stone Elementary to Washington, DC, May 7-10.

•Approved an overnight trip for the South Cumberland Beta Club eighth-grade students to attend the state convention in Nashville Nov. 18-20.

•Approved a grant application to the Student Ticket Subsidy program for the Phoenix School for a trip to the Children's Holocaust Memorial in Whitwell, TN.

•Approved the extended contract program proposal for extended learning time for students.

•Approved bid specifications for tile replacement at Crab Orchard Elementary, Pine View Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary.