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Jonesboro City Council OKs day care, after-school center

JONESBORO — A proposed day care and after-school learning center is one step closer to opening on South Main Street in Jonesboro after the city council voted unanimously to grant it a conditional-use permit to allow it to operate.

The council gave its blessing to let Five Star Learning Academy operate at the edge of a residential neighborhood at 191 South Main St., which was previously the site of another after school learning center, the White House Academy. However, the permit that allowed White House to operate had expired and Five Star owners had to seek a new one.

Shakira Shaw, the center’s owner, said she still has a few more steps at the state level to take care of before she can open her business, but she’s glad to have cleared the hurdle at the city level.

“We’ve been working on the outside and inside of the building, but we’d been waiting on approval (of the conditional-use permit) before going any further,” Shaw said.

Shaw said she hopes to open sometime during the spring, but she said it will depend on how soon she can get approval from Georgia’s Bright From the Start program to operate. If approved, she said the business will offer services for children ranging from infants to 12 year olds.

It would operate as a day care for younger kids and as an after-school learning center for school-aged children. How many children she can take in will depend on what Bright From the Start officials give her permission to work with.

“We’re estimating around 50, but we won’t have the actual number until they take their measurements because each child must have a certain square footage,” Shaw said.

In other action, the council also approved a partnership with the Rotary Club of Lake Spivey to co-host a fun run in the city this spring, and to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds for the upcoming South Main Street infrastructure and storm water project.