CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and THIRTY-TWO
“Why don’t you tell us what you’re thinking?” Sam asked.
“I know it’s a pain, but since it’s our first meeting in our new positions, I wonder if you could give us an overview of what’s going on,” Tres added.
“I know that I should know this but what do you do, Tres?” Helen asked.
“I’m the CFO of Lipson,” Tres said. “Jake asked me to manage the Marlowe School fund a few years ago. You know, when he was hit with the pipe wrench and all of that?”
Looking worried, Helen nodded.
“I have all of your figures,” Tres said. “I can also give you a report on how the larger fund is doing.”
“Okay,” Helen said, drawing out the word.
“And I’m Sam Lipson,” Sam said, with a snort of a laugh which turned into a brief cough.
Helen grinned at Sam.
“Okay,” Helen said. “Here’s our an overview of our problem — we have kids who have needs, educationally or emotionally, and we have parents who need childcare.”
“And hope,” Sam said. “You probably heard but the Castle here was full of kids from that military team that MJ’s on. It was crazy. But we were happy to do it because their parents were so stressed.”
“I saw that picture of the woman and Jeraine,” Helen said.
“Jeraine taught the kids guitar to the kids who wanted to learn every afternoon,” Sam said.
“They weren’t any good but they had fun,” Tres added.
“We have a lot of our own kids,” Helen said. “Plus as a state childcare provider, I wouldn’t be surprised if people want to bring their kids to us.”
“The daycares are closed,” Tres said in agreement.
“Jake asked me to ask you,” Sam said. He put on his reading glasses and lifted up a piece of paper. “The state has mandated that schools and daycares are closed. But since we’re private, we have a little wiggle room. Do you know what that is?”
Sam looked up.
“The district said that if a school figure out a way to do it safely, then it’s okay to be open,” Helen said. “We have to protect our teachers and our students.”
“Oh,” Sam said. “I didn’t realize that was the level of what we’re dealing with.”
“It’s a lot to deal with,” Helen said. “We have people who want to work but they need a place to help with their kids. We can’t be open as a school because it’s not safe.”
“We shouldn’t be open if the kids or the teachers aren’t safe,” Sam said.
“Of course,” Helen said. “I’m told that I need to take care of kids so that all these workers can work at the same time I’m told to stay closed. It makes me crazy.”
“I bet,” Tres said.
“Jerry said that you weren’t sleeping,” Sam nodded.
“Sleep?” Helen asked. “What’s that?”
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