Center had been part of Havelock for 40 years

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Wilhelmina Tapp, teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Daycare, passes out snacks to her 3-year-old class on Monday. The daycare is scheduled to close May 31 after 40 years of operation.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM.

 Trinity Presbyterian Daycare, an institution in Havelock for the last 40 years, is scheduled to close its doors for good at the end of the month.

"The daycare has kept thousands of children over the last 40 years," said Shirley Rogers, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church on Miller Boulevard. "We don’t have a choice except to close the daycare down."

Rogers said enrollment simply can’t keep up with increasing expenses.

"Over the last five years, there has been a downward trend in our enrollment," she said. "It has finally gotten to the point where our costs, which are very, very high, cannot be paid for because of our reduced enrollment. We can’t make enough money to pay our costs."

The daycare had 59 children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years enrolled last week. Meanwhile, there are 15 daycare employees, including teachers, office staff and a kitchen worker.

"Our costs go up every year," Rogers said. "Milk is more expensive than it was last year. Bread is more expensive. Vegetables are more expensive. Art paper is more expensive. Utilities are going up, and the costs of keeping the building just up to code, we just can’t afford them. That’s the bottom line."

Rogers said that payroll for the employees was about $30,000 every two weeks, and a $2,500 monthly electric bill for the daycare wasn’t unusual.

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