By Dewey Terrill
Need for more childcare in the community drew attention during a joint county - school board meeting this week. Commissioner Trish Giordano reported that 23% of the need is being met, and that is down from 27% a few weeks ago.
Giordano noted that the Chamber of Commerce is being asked to take the lead, and also indicated that there is a desire to get businesses involved. A survey will be sent out to businesses with more than 20 employees. After that a task force will be put together to work on the matter.
At a recent childcare summit it was noted that Geary County had 4,500 children ages six and under. That was close to the more populated Riley County which had 4,800 children six and under.