By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — Interior remodeling at 201 Burlington Ave. has not been started, pushing back the opening date for a new daycare.
Logansport Learning Academy was originally set to open in August and then was delayed to October. There were some displays with plans, but Wednesday plans for the interior remodeling of the building were submitted to the state, said owner David Tasch.
The state has to approve the plans. Once approved, it will take 60 days to be ready for opening, Tasch said. The business right now is an empty shell, he said. Contractors will put in an office, security doors, eight rooms, bathrooms and assuring the building is up to fire codes.
“Officials in Logansport have been great,” Tasch said.
For Tasch, being open by January is critical.
Besides the approval of the plans, everything is lined up and ready to go, Tasch said.
Logansport Learning Academy will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and about 122 children, infants up to 12 years old will be able to attend. The system will be modeled after the way a school system is structured and there will be an allotted amount of time to do work and have recess. Children will also be sent home with a daily report card.
The cost of enrollment will vary on the age of the child and the number of days the child attends daycare, Tasch said. Enrollment for infants will cost more than children 3 years old and older, he said. For two days, enrollment would range from about $75 to $95 and full-time enrollment, or five days would vary from $125 to $160.
Although the doors to the school haven’t opened yet, Tasch said he has received eight resumes. Those interested in teaching must have either a two- or four-year degree or a child development associate degree.
He has also received calls from parents asking when it will open, he said.
“It’s like a family vacation when everyone is in the car in the driveway packed up and ready to go, and the kids are saying, ‘Come on, Dad, let’s go,’” Tasch said. “We’re all excited and ready to go. All I’m waiting for is to make dust.”
Tasch, who owns ABC Academy, an educational daycare center in Hobart, said a lot of toys and puzzles for the Logansport business have been purchased and are in storage at his business.
“If someone visited this center, they would see we have a complete center here ready to move to Logansport,” Tasch said. “I’m more anxious than anyone.”
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.