February 23, 2018 04:36 PM
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler said the school will postpone a decision to close the university's Child Development Center, which provides day care for nearly 150 children.
Kaler announced the decision in a letter sent out Friday.
Faculty, staff and students at the school had spoken out against the administration's plan to close the center in the summer of 2019 after learning of it in a letter from school officials last month.
The closure would pave the way for an expansion of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School, which a university spokesperson has said needed new space.
But in Friday's letter, Kaler said the center will not be closed "until we have an alternative, or alternatives, in place to allow for a smooth transition for children and, potentially, for staff."
In his letter, Kaler outlined areas that will be explored as the school searches to provide childcare options for children of students, faculty and staff:
"I know this decision has caused stress to families," Kaler wrote of the move to close the center. "I apologize for that. I am committed to a consultative approach that will make use of the considerable skill set of the entire University community, including affected parents, and that will allow for a full exploration of all alternatives."
Updated: February 23, 2018 04:36 PM
Created: February 23, 2018 02:17 PM
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