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Changes considered in gym key distribution PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Concerns with liability and some abuse of the Wellington gym have led the Chase County Schools board of education to consider changes in public access to the facility.
At the board’s Jan. 12 meeting, considerable time was spent discussing tighter security, a change in locks or installation of other mechanisms to control use of the gym.
Supt. Matt Fisher said keys to the Wellington gym have been given out to a number of people over the years. But deposits have not been required, so typically, the keys don’t come back, he said.
There was indication that youths had been in the gym without adult supervision over the holidays, said Supt. Fisher.  
“Allowing the community to use the facility is good, but it does open us up to liability,” Fisher said, especially concerning youths in there without supervision.
The school board does not plan to discontinue gym use by community people, but there will likely be some additional requirements. The board members all favored a deposit for keys, likely to be around $50.
Other security measures discussed were combination locks that could be changed occasionally, electronic key cards and cameras.
Supt. Fisher will look into the costs of some of the suggestions, and report back to the board.