“It’s really a concern of ours, for the safety of everyone,” Cervi said. “I don’t think this is the place for a daycare.”
Bright Start’s building has the capacity for 120 children, ranging from infant to pre-school age children, according to city staff reports. The school offers before and after school care for elementary school children, as well as transportation to and from their schools.
The facility will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with various drop-off and pick-up times. Bright Start also offers summer camps, field trips and outdoor physical activities. Staff reports that there will be eight to 10 employees for the facility.
Teachers are trained and certified.
“My son comes home every day and tells me something new that he learned,” one mother said. “My kids are happy to be there.”
After several questions regarding parking, traffic and other safety concerns, most council members made positive comments about the proposed school.
“I’m wholeheartedly supporting this,” Council member Jim Griffith said. “The applicant has done everything in its power to make this a desirable location. I don’t see any reason why we as a council can’t grant a special use.”
Council member Chad William’s said there are facilities that teach gymnastics, dance and tumbling in the area and those facilities have classes during the day in the summer.
“To me, they qualify as a school, and I feel comfortable with making that call,” Williams said.
Council member Tom Kovach said his objections were not a reflection on quality.
“We are not deciding whether this is a good school or bad school,” Kovach said. “I do find it troubling that there are businesses nearby that wouldn’t be the best location next door to a school. ... It’s just not a good fit.”