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Mulvane School Board votes to allow access to indoor gym

Published On: Apr 24 2014 10:26:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2014 08:50:55 PM CDT
MULVANE, Kan. -

The Mulvane School Board voted 7 to 0 Monday night to allow public access to an indoor track and gym at Mulvane Grade School.

During the meeting, board members requested security director, Dan Fenn, conduct an assessment of the use of district facilities and provide a recommendation to the board. The District Attorney was also instructed to meet with concerned gym patrons as he deems necessary.

Many Mulvane parents told school board members during a meeting Thursday night they are concerned about who is allowed to use the recreation center during the day. The two buildings share a hallway, and parents are worried about who can get in and out. The new building, built as part of a STAR bond project, opened last month.

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The use of public access to an indoor track and gym at a Mulvane Grade School has many upset about student safety.

Many Mulvane parents told school board members during a meeting Thursday night they are concerned about who is allowed to use the recreation center during the day. The two buildings share a hallway, and parents are worried about who can get in and out.

The new building, built as part of a STAR bond project, opened last month.

Only senior citizens, aged 55 and older can use the indoor walking track, Ticia Human, recreation director, said.

Dick Johnstone, who exercises at the facility, said parents have nothing to worry about.

"It's not even possible they would think that about their neighbors," Johnstone said.

Johnstone is one of about 40 senior citizens who uses the facility daily. Only recreation members have access to the new building. They are not able to get into the school building during the day.

Monica Cross, Mulvane parent, said she's worried the senior walkers can see the students when they're playing in the gym.

"They become familiar faces," Cross said. "Familiar faces no longer become strangers to them. They watch their moves and they can target them."

"We live in a world where anything can happen," Tich said. "So it's always a concern for safety, but again we've taken a lot of measures to make sure everyone's safe." 

The school board did not take any action during Thursday's meeting. Members said the public knew the gym would be a shared place.

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