The SoBoCo School Board found themselves caught in the middle as they heard from representatives of local day cares as well as the Southern Boone YMCA on Monday evening during their regular monthly meeting.

The board, which allows the YMCA facility space at no charge for an after school program for grades five through eight, was to hear a proposed change from YMCA director Kip Batye to add the fourth grade to the program.

However, day care owners in the Ashland area told the board that the change was unfair and could potentially cut into their business.

“The YMCA is getting a facility rent free in competition with local providers and free transportation,” said Sharon Basinger. “I’m not against the YMCA, but when you offer free to one organization, it’s not suitable to everyone. We’re apprehensive that they advertised the fourth grade before it was approved to the board. We were not happy that fifth graders were included and ask that you not approve the lower grades.”

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By Bruce Wallace