Parents Start Petition to Move University Village Day Care

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago March 08, 2014 Mar 8, 2014 Saturday, March 08 2014 Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:42:00 PM CST in News
By: Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Parents with children who attend or have attended the day care at the University Village Apartments are petitioning MU to move its Student Parent Center to a safer location.

Kimberly Bodner, a doctoral psychology student at MU, started a petition Friday urging MU to relocate the child care center after she pulled her four-month-old son from attending. It reads, "We urge you to ensure that the Student Parent Center at University of Missouri continues to exist and is moved to a safe, accessible, on-campus location."

Though MU insists the structure is safe, Bodner's husband Christopher Engelhardt disagrees, "Our concerns at this point as parents is that the day care is still unsafe," he said. "Although engineers have erected wooden shoaring posts to facilitate the safety of the building, we're not convinced that's enough. Engineers can't see inside of the concrete."

MU hired THH Inc, an engineering consulting firm, to inspect all buildings owned or leased by MU following the fatal Feb. 22 walkway collapse at the complex. Last week, the Student Parent Center held a meeting concerning the safety of its facility, "What they told us at the parent meeting was that the building was safe," Engelhardt said. "So it was fine for children to go there again. And what they also mentioned was that the wooden posts were temporary and precautionary, not something that was necessary."

Engelhardt added the day care is imperative to students who use it, "Among some of the parents we talked to, they are in support of finding a temporary location for the center.  And certainly every parent, I would argue, would agree that the day care absolutely cannot shut down. It needs to be accessible for students in order for them to pursue their degrees and long-term goals."

Despite the petition, Engelhardt believes the university will listen to student parents' request, "We strongly believe that the university wants a safe building for its students and its children. And we feel this is a great opportunity for them to say, 'Yes, we hear your concerns. We're on board with you, we're going to find a solution to this problem.'"

The petition has gained more than 200 signatures in about 24 hours.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Jurors heard testimony from three more people in the ongoing murder trial involving Paris Alexander-Henderson Thursday. ... More >>
57 minutes ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:10:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police said a woman is dead after a vehicle struck her as she was crossing a Springfield... More >>
2 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 10:53:15 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Illinois State Police are investigating after a St. Louis-area police officer shot a female suspect... More >>
2 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 10:39:01 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced Thursday the Thompson Foundation pledged $3 million to the MU School of Medicine... More >>
2 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 10:20:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police said Thursday a man was killed in a Kansas City shooting. The Kansas City... More >>
4 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:37:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new program in St. Louis seeks to address the problem of abandoned properties by giving... More >>
5 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 7:31:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Hundreds of Shelby Mustangs gathered in Jefferson City Thursday to mark the beginning of the tenth anniversary... More >>
6 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:37:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department said early Thursday it arrested a person after a shots fired incident... More >>
7 hours ago May 05, 2016 May 5, 2016 Thursday, May 05 2016 Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:08:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A trial started Wednesday for a Jefferson City who man police say confessed to a murder a... More >>
17 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MoDOT released a report showing the fatality rate during late-night hours is the highest it's been since 2012,... More >>
17 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Representatives voted Wednesday to send a voter ID bill to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. House... More >>
19 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 5:51:00 PM CDT in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Planned Parenthood affiliates have filed a federal lawsuit over Kansas' decision to cut off Medicaid... More >>
19 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 5:34:03 PM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Two white southeast Missouri school officials who are being sued by a black teenager say in... More >>
20 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Two-thirds of the Missouri House has voted to change how public union members pay dues, the... More >>
20 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:36:04 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — State agricultural officials say 39,000 turkeys at a southwest Missouri farm have been destroyed after avian flu... More >>
20 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:27:58 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Efforts are underway to reopen the old Tarkio College in northwest Missouri as a two-year institution.... More >>
20 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:12:27 PM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Ferguson is seeking to replace a city prosecutor criticized by a federal probe of the St. Louis... More >>
21 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two police officers are among five people injured after fire broke out at a St. Louis... More >>
21 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:01:39 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
1pm 65°
2pm 66°
3pm 68°
4pm 69°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Rules of Engagement
2:30p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
The Blacklist
9:01p
Game of Silence
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld