Coronation Daycare Decision Delayed

Supporters of Coronation Day Park Nursery gather at Lambton County headquarters in Wyoming. May 8, 2014 (Photo by Melanie Irwin)

A decision on the future of Coronation Park Day Nursery has been delayed.

In Wyoming this morning, Lambton County Councillors agreed to give employees, parents and the union, CUPE Local 2926, 21 days to report back with financial statements and other possible options.

Councillor Elizabeth Davis-Dagg, deputy mayor of Lambton Shores, says the decision was clear.

“As a result of all of the email correspondence, telephone calls and one to one discussion, it was obvious the public was concerned there hadn’t been enough of a public process and discussion between the union, employees, parents and county staff,” said Davis-Dagg.

Retired Coronation Early Childhood Educator Shannon Baarschers told council closing the centre would create a childcare crisis in the area and invited councillors to visit the facility before making a decision.

Janice McGuire with Petrolia’s Generations Day Care questioned the impact on other facility’s who draw from the county’s children services budget.

A petition with 1,200 signatures against possible closure was presented.

A staff report is expected back before County Council June 4.

The Oak Ave. centre has a $1.1-million deficit.  There are 38 child care workers are employed at the centre and licensed day care is provided to nearly 160 children.

Today’s county agenda included nine delegation requests from individuals or groups wanting to address council on the possible closure of the daycare.