No decision on Roby daycare

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School officials once again engaged in serious discussion at Roby CISD’s board meeting Monday night, and although new financial and logistical information was presented, trustees raised new questions that needed answers before moving forward. Superintendent Keith Cook assured the trustees he would gather additional information to consider at next month’s meeting, where it is anticipated the board will make a final decision.

During last month’s meeting, Cook explained and the board discussed some general information about operating a daycare facility. Cook informed trustees about application and initial licensing fees, criminal background checks for employees, and other expenses. He also informed the board of basic facility and staffing guidelines, in addition to fire marshal and Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) inspections.

During Monday night’s discussion, Cook presented the board members with additional information and some general cost estimates, including potential payroll expenses, as well as organizational logistics. Cook admitted the numbers were on the conservative side and said he tried to overestimate costs.

He calculated some additions not considered last month, such as mobile partitions that could be used to divide the building’s large room to suit the guidelines as enrollment changes. This added just over $5,000 extra to the initial costs. The district is looking at a startup cost of approximately $20,000 in total.

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