Meadville Tribune

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June 25, 2013

New tenant for former East End school approved

MEADVILLE — Crawford Central School Board moved a step closer to filling the former East End Elementary School on Walnut Street with education-based tenants during its monthly meeting Monday night. By a vote of 7-0 with David Miller and Rob Smith absent, the board approved a lease agreement with the Family and Community Christian Association of Meadville, doing business as Twin Creeks Head Start, for a portion of the building.

According to the lease, Twin Creeks, whose principal place of business is 996 S. Main St., Meadville, will use the building for “early childhood educational purposes, specifically for the instruction of preschool students ages 3 and 4, by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutrition and social services, including all ancillary and incidental operations associated herewith.”

As for exactly how that will work, no one from either FCCA or Twin Creeks was available for comment Monday.

The lease covers a total of 4,178 square feet, which includes two offices and kitchen on the first floor and five classrooms on the second floor — a total of 23 percent of the building’s 17,837 square feet of classroom space. In addition, Twin Creeks will have nonexclusive rights to use hallway, bathroom, gym, stage, playground and cafeteria space as designated by the school district and a total of five parking spaces in the building’s parking lot.

The five-year lease will begin July 1, 2013; rent, which will be payable monthly, will total $15,600 per year. A proportional share of the building’s electricity, natural gas, sewer, water and janitorial/custodial services will be paid separately to the district; other services or utilities will be at Twin Creeks’ expense.

FCCA’s website describes Head Start as a federal early childhood education program providing comprehensive educational, health, nutrition and social services to preschool children ages 3 and 4. According to federal regulations, at least 90 percent of the children served are from “low income” families as determined by income guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which funds the program.

For more than 20 years, the federal grant funding Twin Creeks Head Start has been held and managed by FCCA; until 2009, when it changed its name and ended its regional and national affiliation, the organization was known as YWCA of Meadville.

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