By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Several incidences involving the Caledonia elementary playground, basketball hoops, beer cans and Caledonia police, have led the district to implement a curfew.
After some discussion on the issue, the board decided on a 9 p.m. curfew for use of its playground and basketball court at the elementary location.
“We’ve had a few incidents that have led us to this,” said Superintendent Ben Barton. “In speaking with the police department, they’d like to see us put some signage up with times and rules so they have something to enforce.”
Barton noted that the location of the facility, “being in the center of town like we are,” has made it necessary to do something more with the facility.
“I just did a quick Google search and there are all sorts of signs available; we just need to decide on what time we’d like it to say,” said Barton.
School board member, Jared Barnes, noted, “Personally, I’d like to see 8 p.m. but I know that’s maybe not practical.”
Amanda King asked what time the rest of the parks in town close for the night.
When the response was “10 p.m.,” King thought maybe that would make enforcement easier for the police department.
“We could have that consistency.”
However, the board came to the 9 p.m. consensus following a little more discussion.
“Our playground is in good condition and it’s not something that I’d want to see get destroyed,” said King. “Our main goal is to just keep users safe.”
The board will form a committee as they request a one day bond. While further information will be gathered and presented to the public as to why such a bond is needed, early discussions appear to be centered around a parking lot at the high school that is in need of repair.
The district will present a break down of what previous one day bonds were used for as well as information regarding what it is specifically this one would be used for.