The North Tyler Day Nursery is one step closer to getting a new home.
The Tyler ISD board of trustees on Monday approved a lease agreement with the daycare center for a portion of the old Griffin Elementary School campus at 3000 N. Border Ave. The nursery's board already approved the same agreement last week.
The lease will allow the nursery to use one wing of 12 classrooms, an office and the cafeteria on the campus.
The old Griffin facility has been vacant since 2010, when the school moved into its new campus on North Broadway Avenue.
The nursery serves more than 50 children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old. It also serves children up to age 13 for its afterschool program.
The nursery lost its lease agreement with the Old Manor Apartments near the Texas College campus where it currently is.
Jim Wooldridge, North Tyler Day Nursery board president, previously said the apartment owners wanted to make some changes that included adding a gate, clubhouse and pool.
They want to put the clubhouse where the daycare is and the gate would complicate drop-off and pickup for parents, Wooldridge said.
Because of that, the nursery's board went ahead with plans for the move and everything fell into place, Wooldridge said.
"This is the most exciting thing we've ever done, probably the largest move this daycare's ever done in 74 years," he previously said.
The Tyler Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the change of the zoning for the old Griffin site from two-family residential district to planned commercial development district.
This change allows for a daycare but restricts other commercial uses such as a gas station or restaurant, city senior planner Michael Howell wrote in an email.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the zoning change at its Wednesday meeting.
The lease agreement is effective for a one-year period starting Dec. 1 with the option to renegotiate it at the end of the year.
In other business, the board heard a report from Chief Financial Officer Tosha Bjork about the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. TISD received a Superior Achievement rating for the 2011-12 school year. The report is always a year behind.
The district met all 20 of the indicators and received the maximum 70 points, Ms. Bjork said.
The system considers factors such as fund balance, bond payments, audit results, budgets, student-to-teacher ratio and investments.