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7/1/2014 9:53:00 PM
Park District offering before, after school care
The Island Park District is getting into the before and after school care business with its Water Street Kids Club starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The district started taking registrations late last week.

Service will be provided from 6 a.m. until the school bus comes, and then from the time the bus drops the students off at the district fitness and administration center until 6 p.m.

Service is considered highly affordable at $5 per child per day for morning care, and $10 per child per day for afternoon care.

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Initially, the district will only be able to accommodate 30 children per session. The district will keep a waiting list of parents interested in participating. Hill would like to see the program expand to fill the need in the community.

Get details about the Park District's before and after school care in the print and online editions of The Free Press Advocate.

In other business before the Island Park District Board of Commissioners:

• The Park Board approved a resolution authorizing the district to pay off a $38,934 promissory note. The district owes landlord Dave Rampa that amount for funds he advanced to renovate the fitness and administrative center.

The district had been paying Rampa $834 per month, in addition to its $5,000 per month rent, to repay the advance, which carried a 9 percent interest rate.

The $212,522 contribution the Island Park District received from Ridge Property Trust for the development of the RidgePort Logistics Center was used to make the payoff.

• The district was not approved for a grant that would have provided more than $100,000 for additional staff. A second part-time maintenance worker, Andrew Liaromatis, was hired to help with grounds keeping, and will be shifted to the fitness center when available.

• Programming is expanding, and currently includes martial arts, yoga and aerobics; gymnastics will be back in the fall. The district is developing a fall and winter activities flyer that Chavez hopes to direct mail to households in the district.

• The board agreed to sponsor Catfish Days for $900, which includes the cost of electricity that will be used on the North Island Park, and the salary of the park maintenance staff that will prepare the park for the festival. In return the district's contribution will be recognized as a major sponsor.

• The board approved its fiscal 2015 budget, with potential expenditures of nearly $918,000.

• The board approved June bills and payroll in the amount of $25,465.

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