Colin McEvoy’s report on the proposal for in-house child care in Easton’s schools tells us that Sarah Bilotti is a highly valuable, highly capable public servant:
The Easton Area School District is looking into whether it could provide before- and after-school day care at the elementary schools, rather than lease the buildings to outside corporations as has been done in the past…
Until recently, the question has focused on whether for-profit organizations should be allowed to provide daycare in district buildings, with proponents arguing against it due to liability concerns and the additional utilities and maintenance costs it could bring.
But board member Sarah Bilotti suggested last week the district check into providing day care themselves, claiming the revenue from participating households could not only cover the program’s costs, but generate additional revenue for the district.
“Debating what to charge outside agencies seems silly when we could be running these programs in-house,” Bilotti said. “There is obviously a profit to be made or for-profit companies would not be trying so hard to get their foot in the door.”
…A before- and after-school program formed last year at Greenwich Elementary School, where Bilotti works as principal, has generated $50,000 beyond the costs of the six employees hired to run the program, said Superintendent Maria Eppolite.