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Child care center gets off the ground in Kings Park

New Beginnings takes over space from New Discovery

Photo above from Sylvia Bastone; photo below by Matt Calamia Sylvia Bastone with her husband, Franco, and daughters, Annemarie, 13, and Antoinette, 11. The child care center, New Beginnings, will operate in the space that formerly held New Discovery, below.
September 06, 2012 | 10:06 AM
The Kings Park Board of Education approved a lease agreement for a new child care center in the district's administration building at a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29. At the BOE meeting the night before, the board agreed to table the vote on the lease agreement and discuss it during executive session.

New Beginnings will move into the vacant portion of the San Remo administration building on Lawrence Road, which once housed New Discovery, a child care center for children ages 18 months to 12 years. The location has been vacant since June when New Discovery left. According to the board, the center had failed to pay monthly rent. The new lease agreement is for one year.

Sylvia Bastone, owner of New Beginnings and the former education director at New Discovery, said she is still accepting applications for this year and is looking forward to offering a lot of new material for the children.

"I'm just really excited I am able to offer this to the community," Bastone said.

Bastone said she still has openings for children in kindergarten to sixth grade and expects to begin providing care for younger children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in October.

Bastone has a master's degree in early education from Dowling College and has spent more than 20 years in the field. She spent 15 years as a New York City preschool teacher. She currently lives in Hauppauge with her husband, Franco, and two daughters.

Board President Marie Goldstein, Vice President Liz Barrett and Trustee Charles Leo attended Wednesday's special meeting to vote on the lease.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board felt it was best to discuss the lease details in executive session.

"I am going to suggest that we do discuss this in exec. session just so that we're certain that each and every one of us has all the information we need to have before we go forward," Goldstein said. "As far as a day care center, I don't see a down side, however we need to look at some of the particulars."

Trustee Tom Locascio said the board wanted to make sure it was acting in accordance with state law, which required a rent agreement to cover the price of having the center in the building so taxpayers are not subsidizing the cost.

"Bottom line, it is a win-win for everyone," Locascio said. "[It is] something close in town that provides a service for the community."

This article was amended to include the correct length of the lease agreement.

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