REPORTING · 21st April 2014
With the announced closure of Kitimat City High School and the potential migration for students back to the high school, another piece of the community which may soon be disappearing is the Day Care Centre located at KCH, run by the Child Development Centre.
“From what we know, speaking to the Secretary Treasurer and the Director of Facilities, May 8th will be the first day that they will be able to give us the costs of keeping the day care there, so we can continue to rent. They’re anticipating they don’t know how much the cost will go up because there’s no other tenant in that school, they won’t be able to keep the school open which means that I can’t keep the day care there,” said Margaret Warcup.
She stated there was no way they could afford to rent the whole school, just for the daycare. The parents have been informed they will know on the 8th of May what will happen. The lease is in place until the end of June. They will continue to negotiate over the summer to find a solution.
“The Child Development Centre Board is going to try and work it’s hardest to make sure we can keep the Day Care open but I can’t afford a big rent increase. I can’t afford to keep the Day Care open in an empty school and cover other costs,” said Warcup.
The Child development Centre built the Day Care in partnership with the School District so that high school students with children can return to school. The class rooms were renovated for younger kids. The small sized toilets and sinks cost money. “We probably spent $100,000 getting those rooms ready for the kids,” said Warcup.
Today, the Day Care is full with a wait list.
“It’s going to cause a huge day care crisis in Kitimat and that affects employment for people, because if you don’t have day care, you can’t go to work,” said Warcup.
She stated there is nowhere else to rent.