By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local daycare, Daystar Christian Childcare in Madison, has declared bankruptcy and is set to close this coming Friday, Sept. 22 leaving dozens of families without children care until the facility can reopen under new ownership.
Owner Christi Greene issued a letter about two weeks ago to parents last week informing them of the daycare’s closing.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that I will be closing Daystar effective September 22, 2017,” wrote Greene. “I have pursued every option I have through the legal system and there is nothing more I can do to continue operations in this location.”
Daystar, which is licensed to accommodate 54 children, has been bought by a previous owner of the facility, Kim Mayo. Mayo sold the daycare center to Greene in 2013 and was given the option to buy the facility back after Greene filed for bankruptcy.
According to Mayo, she will reopen the center after completing all the state mandated procedures to get the daycare up and running again.
“I cannot give you an exact timeline, but I am hoping it will only take a couple of weeks to get everything done, but it could be longer,” said Mayo.
Greene filed suit against Mayo, alleging fraud, interference with business relations, contract violations and breached warranties.
“Despite Defendant’s representations and warranties, the property, machinery, and equipment sold pursuant to the agreement were not in good operating condition and repair,” claimed the lawsuit, which sought monetary compensation for the alleged violations.
However, a jury found in favor of the defendant, Mayo, dismissing Greene’s lawsuit.
“This whole situation breaks my heart,” wrote Greene to parents. “I thank each of you for your support and prayers over the years as you have allowed me to care for your children. You all have been such a blessing and encouragement as I pursued the direction I felt God leading me to do when I purchased the daycare in 2013.
Mayo is looking forward to reopening the Daystar, hoping the state will work with her quickly to reopen its door.
“I would love to get right back in there so these parents have childcare right away, but because the center went bankrupt, the state has to treat me as a new business owner and I have to go through all the beginning requirements like everyone else,” explained Mayo. “I hope the parents will consider sending their children back to us when we reopen.”