Kindergarten takeover off
A PROPOSED deal to take over the management of the Heywood Kindergarten has been scrapped after concerns were raised over the lease agreement and the way the process was handled.
Heywood Early Learning Centre owner Jorgina Sarahs informed Glenelg Shire Council on Wednesday morning that she would not be signing the lease, listing 13 reasons for her decision.
These included concerns over the structure of the lease, uncertainty about extension provisions, not being notified that a lease over the land would have to be negotiated separately with its owners (Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation), the way families were notified about the proposal and the delay before there was a public meeting with families.
The council has rejected the concerns.
Ms Sarahs said she had been told of a revised lease agreement – having not agreed to the first proposal – verbally on Wednesday morning, just hours before the council was to hold an information session on the changes for locals.
The changes included a three-year term (instead of one) with the council having the discretion to renew it for a further three years (also instead of one).