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NKCAC to Operate New Head Start Program in Former Medical Building

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission has purchased a former medical building at 1001 Scott Boulevard where it plans to operate three preschool classrooms and a daycare. 

Executive Director Florence Tandy asked the Kenton County Fiscal Court on Tuesday to authorize the issuance of industrial building revenue bonds in an amount of $1.3 million to finance and refinance the costs of acquiring and renovating 1001 Scott and for work 717 Madison Avenue, NKCAC's home office building.

NKCAC purchased 717 Madison in 2007 giving the organization its first owned office in its forty years of existence. Refinancing the bonds used for that purchase would save the organization $50,000 a year, Tandy said. The building was purchased through the issuance of bonds by the City of Covinton, but the city is not "a small issuer" this year, said attorney Ian Koffler. That's why NKCAC came to the Fiscal Court instead.

A second reading of the request will take place in May.

As for the new facility on Scott, Tandy is optimistic that it could be in operation as soon as the fall. The organization was awarded a grant this week to help cover costs of playground equipment that will be installed there. Additionally, NKCAC will soon offer what Tandy called "early head start", for newborns to toddlers.

Tandy said the building was purchased from Bill Kreutzjans, the developer currently working on the transformation of the Mutual Building into residential and commercial spaces, and that it would be home to the Eastside Community Early Childhood Development Center.

Though no vote was taken Tuesday, members of the Fiscal Court expressed support for Tandy and the NKCAC. County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, a longtime board member at NKCAC, was on the search committee that brought Tandy to Northern Kentucky. "You've raised the bar on that whole program," he said. 

Commissioner Jon Draud was the first director of Head Start in the region. "I was really proud of that Head Start program," he said.

Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus said the second reading of the request would take place on May 13 at the Fiscal Court's regular meeting.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News