By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport Learning Academy, originally set to open in August, should open its doors around Oct. 15. The building, located at 201 Burlington Ave., has been purchased, and interior remodeling should begin within two weeks, said David Tasch, owner.
Tasch started an educational daycare center, ABC Academy, 13 years ago in Hobart. He wants to have a similar daycare in Logansport. 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.
“It’s exciting, too, because there isn’t anything else like it,” Tasch said.
The system will be modeled after the way a school system is structured, Tasch said. There will be an allotted amount of time to do work and have recess, he said. Children will also be sent home with a daily report card.
“We’re giving them that experience early so it becomes routine,” Tasch said. “You can’t expect a child to be able to play in an unstructured environment for five years and then the next year, sit still for eight hours.”
Although the doors to the school haven’t been opened yet, Tasch said he has received two resumes for the teaching positions and inquiries from parents. Twenty teachers — 15 full-time and five part-time — and one director should be hired by September, he said.
Those interested in teaching must have either a two-or four-year degree or a child development associate degree. Logansport Learning Academy will have a website within a few weeks and people will be able to sign up online, he said.
The facility will be equipped with security and doors locks that require visitors to be buzzed in from the inside. Parents will also complete a form stating who is allowed to pick up their children.
Employees from the Logansport Street Department painted four parking spaces in front of the building in June, said Dan Williams, Logansport Streets Department superintendent. They painted four parking spots in front of the building; two of which are 10-minute loading spots for loading, he said.
In the coming weeks, Tasch will be working with Bill Drinkwine, building commissioner. Since Tasch is strictly looking at interior remodeling, the process should be smooth, Drinkwine said.
When the building opens, Tasch will be at the building every day for the first several months, he said. Although he lives in Hobart, he plans to get a place in Logansport so he can help it open.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.