Holy Name School new home for daycare? – Could start in 2016

At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, council gave town staff the go-ahead to investigate the daycare being re-located at Holy Name School. If the plan was approved by Council, the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board and the Town would have a partnership in which the Town would still run the daycare with the Town being a tenant at the school. If approved, the school would renovate the second floor of the school on the south side, to be used as the daycare. The decision for Council was made a little easier when it was reported that the present location would need over $300,000 to bring it up to standard. The entire cost for the re-location is estimated at $920,000 with Ministry of Education funding $483,000, Stratford Social Services funding $53,204 and Blanshard Nursery funding $109,635, which would leave a balance of $275,000 as the Town’s portion. The report presented to Council notes that the Town’s portion could be covered by the sale of the property at the present location of the daycare centre. If Council approves a final decision to re-locate, the centre could open in 2016.