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Montevideo American-News
  • EDA passes Kinder Kare funds, briefed on school CEO program

  • The Economic Development Authority met the morning of July 15th for its monthly meeting at City Hall. Most notably The Kinder Kare Operating Funds Request passed and Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller and Director of the Minnesota River Valley Education District Karen Jacobsen updated members on the efforts of the Montevideo Pu...
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  • The Economic Development Authority met the morning of July 15th for its monthly meeting at City Hall. Most notably The Kinder Kare Operating Funds Request passed and Superintendent Dr. Luther Heller and Director of the Minnesota River Valley Education District Karen Jacobsen updated members on the efforts of the Montevideo Public Schools CEO (Crating Entruapernueral Opportunities) program. Details on all updates, considerations and discussions are at the end of the article.
     
       At last weeks County Board meeting the board passed changes to administrative code in state law allowing for special leaves and acoomodations to parents, adopted or biological. Leaves for pregnancy and nursing are now recognized, and so the EDA continues Montevideo’s current stretch of awareness towards parents of young children.
     
    The EDA had previously approved $5,000, matching the Montevideo Community Development Corporation’s contribution, totaling to a $10,000 initial start up budget for Kinder Kare infant rooms. But to keep the price of infant, toddler and preschool care - projected between $24-$28 daily - down, the EDA passed the Kinder Kare requested $1,500 dollars for 2014 and ‘15. The bennefits are to be benneficial not only the quality of life of Montevideo residents, but also bolster business growth by taking less from local consumers, according to Community Development Director Angie Steinbach.
     
    Steinbach noted that affordable daycare is a regionwide issue that only Montevideo appears “active in funding this.”
     
    Heller and Jacobson spoke before the baord on behalf of a CEO program for students seeking “real life aspects” in business, according to Heller.  A program funded by local business investors, Heller and Jacobson were not representing a request for funding, but apprising the board on the program’s intention to cultivate business acumen in area students.
     
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