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One of the topics we discussed was the fate of the playground structures at Beiseker Community School. I was most distressed to hear that the north playground was slated to be demolished later this year. Our school board has also decided that each school shall only have one playground structure on their school grounds!
The north playground at school is not that old, and when it is demolished it will be up to parents and communities to raise the funds to replace it. Also, when that happens, I assume the other playground on the east side will be demolished and not replaced.
Students in Beiseker community school come from families in in the Beiseker, Irricana, and Kathyrn area. Geographically this is a large area but with a small population . Asking them to continually replace playgrounds is absurd.
A playground structure can cost over $100,000. If the school division demolishes it after 20 years, that means the cost of of that playground was more than $5000 per year to the community!
I am not a safety expert, but I think the school division is becoming a little paranoid about safety on these playground structures! The structures can't have become unsafe over the few years that they have been constructed, nor have the regulations changed that much as to their safety standards.
I believe the school division should readdress this issue! Small communities like ours cannot afford to continually replace playground structures at the whim of the school division!