Kathy Fritz with the Gingerbread House Board requested $7,000 in funding from the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to help meet state mandates for some play equipment, continue with general building maintenance and replace some vacuum cleaners.
Fritz says they have three wooden gyms that the toddlers love to play on and are good for the children's motor skills and development, however, the state came in and told them they had to take the gyms down unless they purchased mats to slide under the gyms. Fritz says they put the gyms away but they're so popular with the children that they're missed. Fritz says mats typically cost about $1,500 and they would need one for each gym. Fritz says if they were to leave the gyms up with no mats they could lose their license.
Fritz says Gingerbread is also in the process of hiring a new director and is currently in the second round of interviews. Former Interim Director Sandy Johnson resigned in November 2008. Fritz says they are thankful Board Treasurer Courtney Berg stepped up and took on the financials of the childcare agency until a new director was found.