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Shorewood - The Shorewood School District officials has reached a new two-year contract with Milestones Programs for Children, opting not to create an in-house child care program through the Shorewood Recreation Department.

Shorewood School District Superintendent Bryan Davis reported at a recent school board meeting that the two organizations have reached a new contract that, among other things, would require Milestones to pay the district a revenue-sharing fee of $15 for every student that joins Milestones.

"We are really excited about continuing this collaboration," said Milestones Executive Director David Montemurri. "We truly think this is a win for the district, a win for Milestones, and most of all, a win for the community."

Milestones, which was founded by Shorewood parents in 1979, provides wraparound programming for the district's Bright Beginnings Preschool and 4-year-old kindergarten program, as well as before-and after-school programs for children as old as sixth grade. Milestones also offers summer programs for children as old as seventh grade.

The extension of Milestones' contract was in jeopardy in December, when Davis proposed ending the district's contract with Milestones and instead creating before- and after-school programming through the Shorewood Recreation Department. By switching to in-house child care, district officials expected to save anywhere from $50,000 under a worst-case scenario to $200,000 under a best-case scenario.

The old contract was set to automatically renew at the end of the year, but the two organizations reached an agreement at the end of December that extended the rollover date of the contract to Jan. 31.

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