Daycare Shut Down For Good

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A Paris Daycare's doors have been closed indefinitely.

The state says it's for the good of the children. The Meteer School Daycare was shut down after state inspectors got a tip that employees had walked out--leaving the children unsupervised. When inspectors arrived they found the school understaffed and other dangerous conditions like:chemicals and sharp objects live knives. All of the dangerous things were reportedly within arms reach of the children.

The inspection came after the director and several other employees left the daycare.

"No one was fired, I didn't fire anyone." Said Jeane O'neil who was brought in last week in an attempt to save the school.

But O'neil says the former director, Liz Boughman, who claims she was fired without cause last week, walked out on her own, when the school requested she step down from her position.

"She wasn't doing what she was suppose to be, she wasn't staying on top of things, that's why the school was in such poor conditions." Said O'Neil.

In regards to understaffed, O'Neil says it was only like that for one day when Boughman and several other employees left. But at no time she says were any of the children in danger.

"No not at all, We were understaffed, but, we still had control of the situation and attempted to seek help immediately." O'Neil said.

She also says, Boughman didn't keep accurate and current records of the children nor her staff. Inspectors concluded the hiring practices of the daycare did not include proper background checks.

"It's just a shame, this was the only school of its kind in our area and only affordable school for these families to send their kids." Said O'Neil.

The school will not re-open as Meteer, however we are told it could re-open with a new name and new ownership.

Paris Police say they are aware of the situation and an investigation could begin soon into allegations of theft and abuse.

A similar incident took place at the school a couple of years ago, the Director then was charged with Miss-using school funds and sentenced to several years in prison.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: Paris,Ky on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    All I know is that I am glad that there are still people in this world like Jeane Oneal to step in and try to make the best out of things for these children.
  • by shepard Location: paris on Apr 25, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    YOU MIGHT CHECK OUT A RUMOR THAT ONE OF THE WORKERS HOME WAS JUST LOOKED AT BY THE OIG AND FOUND THEY HAD CHILDERN IN THEIR HOME AND WAS SHUT DOWN. NO LICENSE ETC.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    bravo finally a newsworthy story and its not about dogs cats or horses if the media an law enforcement spent more time tracking things like this our elderly an spouse abuse crimes to women children it would be a better world and not a waste of our taxpayers money
  • by betty Location: paris on Apr 20, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    I happen to know for fact that some of the worker was good people and that the lady that was running the daycare. Place calls to all her wokers and told them they were fired after she was asked to step down.When workers had complain to her she always had a good excuess and said she would take care of the matter. she miss lead her workers and the school.she need to be charged for endangering the welfare of these childerns and for the miss use of funds.That she spent on her own use. do not let this lady fool you she is a crook But do not blame all the wokers for they were lied to too.Ater some of the wokers found out the next day they were not fired. They did show up to trie to help Find the parents to come and get their kids.It is very sad that these kid will not have A place to go to for right now.And I hope liz get what she got coming to her for what she have but these kids threw and there parents.
  • by Scott Location: Richmond on Apr 19, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    How Could the workers walk out and leave the Kids they CARED for everyday in a Dangerous Condition! If they were not Fired and left on their own free will, They Should be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor! The least they could have done was call the Parents and notify them of what was going on. I would Respect them more for that, rather than leaving the Kids! If they was Fired, I still think they owe the Kids the little time it would take to make sure they are SAFE!
  • by Janie Location: Paris on Apr 19, 2008 at 06:06 PM
    I would guess to say they were out on smoke breaks!
  • by Glad it came out Location: Paris on Apr 18, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    I hope that this "day care" gets the attention that it has needed for quite sometime. Not that long ago staff were seen leaving kids unsupervised on the van and going to a known drug house in Paris. Ms. Liz (the lady that WAS running the daycare) had major issues and was known to go with other workers to the gambling boat and use Meteer School money. That is why they got fired and that is why I am pretty certain that the state was called in. She and her "buddies" got caught so if they have to pay so should others. I am glad the troublemakers are gone, I hope that they get decent people to care for the kids. I would not have trusted them to take care of my dog...with me watching, let alone children.
  • by MariAnne Location: Paris on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:06 PM
    I have had children at the Meeter School in the past, under Susie, and it was run, and run well. It is a shame it got run down like this. She ran a tight ship. I hope it will get resolved, and soon, as many use this facility in Paris.

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