June 29, 2010

Head Start receives stimulus money

Karen Brady

CHICKASHA — Thanks to nearly $1 million in stimulus money, Chickasha will soon have a new Early Head Start Center.

The new building was delivered Monday in four components which will be combined to make one building, Sharlotte Key, executive director of Washita Valley Community Action, said.

Each section of the new building, located at 7th and Arkansas Ave., was set into place on a concrete slab. Once the crew has placed each component into position, another crew will snap all the pieces together, finish the roof and complete the building.

All portions of the building are expected to be connected within seven business days.

The total cost of the project is about $920,000. "It's pretty close to $1 million," Key said.

Once complete, other crews will work installing electrical and plumbing systems.

Key said all utility work will be done by local contractors.

Department Director/Head Start Director Peggy Sayers said, "We hope to open Aug. 2 and we are now taking enrollment applications."

Sayers said the new facility, which is for children ages 0 to 3, will create 17 new jobs, with one staff member for every four children. The new building will house three classrooms.

The Chickasha City Council and Chickasha Public Schools approved the location of the new facility, Key said.