Southwestern is considering a daycare program, but first the school district is seeking feedback from area residents.

The school board decided Monday to survey parents and community members to get answers for questions regarding charges and startup fees and to allow for additional comments.

Laura Boldery, assistant to the superintendent, said the school wants to offer a service at the most affordable cost and that the intent is to not interfere with current daycare businesses in the area.

"We want to break even," said Boldery, who was filling in for Superintendent Steve Telfer. "But that all depends on how many children we get in the program."  

Boldery said no age has yet been established, but she added that one goal is to draw students from outside the Hanover area. She also said the school already has received interest for the position of director.

The program would start next school year at the earliest.

Boldery said she would report more information at the school board's next meeting.   

In other business:

• Ohio Valley Opportunities will house two classes of Madison and Southwestern students at the school next year as part of its Head Start program. The board gave its approval for the organization to pay $1,000 a month for the use of the rooms, starting Jan. 3.

• The middle school will begin a food pantry next year. Gleaners Food Bank will provide Southwestern with $1,000 a month to purchase food for the pantry.

• Narci Burress, who was elected to the board in 2004, attended her final board meeting. Michael Hicks, former principal of Southwestern High School, was elected to her seat and will join the board next year. Burress decided to not seek re-election this year.