Parents Start Petition to Move University Village Day Care

1 year 11 months 5 days 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 (AP) — Missouri's K-1 2 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under... More >>
2 hours ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 5:33:00 AM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say that a Springfield maintenance worker who died after an accident at the city landfill was... More >>
2 hours ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 5:32:30 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Living conditions in one public housing complex have a mother too worried to sleep through the night.... More >>
11 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:53:00 PM CST in Target 8
COLUMBIA – Veterans across the state could have a place to go to receive live-in care. The Missouri House... More >>
12 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:17:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A Missouri House committee passed a bill Thursday to help those who are deaf or blind gain... More >>
13 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:55:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis fire crews rescued two young boys from a burning apartment where officials said they... More >>
13 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:42:15 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Legislation requiring a private company to review Missouri's welfare rolls is moving forward in the Legislature.... More >>
13 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:27:10 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's top two elected officials credited Ferguson on Thursday with pressing ahead with policing and court... More >>
14 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Normally, the lake behind Bass Pro Shop in north Columbia is used for fishing. But on Thursday,... More >>
14 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:46:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for... More >>
14 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:17:25 PM CST in News
IRONTON (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely... More >>
14 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:11:51 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A man and his dog are safe after venturing out onto a frozen lake. The man reportedly... More >>
14 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:08:00 PM CST in Top Stories
CAMDEN COUNTY - Camden County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Sunrise Beach man on drug charges after a traffic stop Thursday.... More >>
15 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:28:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A New Haven man was indicted by a federal grand jury for attempting to entice a minor... More >>
15 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:03:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering several measures to combat what they call a heroin epidemic. ... More >>
17 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:57:16 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Missouri lawmakers introduced new legislation that would give working families paid leave Thursday. Sen. Jill... More >>
17 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:57:00 PM CST in Top Stories
MORGAN COUNTY - A man wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies on kidnapping charge is now in custody as of... More >>
17 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:31:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security. The... More >>
18 hours ago February 11, 2016 Feb 11, 2016 Thursday, February 11 2016 Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:36:00 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
8am 27°
9am 28°
10am 30°
11am 31°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00 am
Today
11:00 am
Rachael Ray
12:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
7:30 am
Cops Reloaded
8:00 am
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00 am
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon
8:00 pm
Grimm
9:00 pm
Dateline NBC
7:00 pm
The Vampire Diaries
8:00 pm
The Originals
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld