Education

Fayette schools plan to replace missing playground equipment at Glendover Elementary

Principal Catherine Fine, Ph.D. demonstrates how the current playground lacks low activities for the youngest students outside Glendover Elementary School in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 22, 2015. The playground set for the youngest students was missing after renovations then found but damaged and will be replaced by the school district. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Principal Catherine Fine, Ph.D. demonstrates how the current playground lacks low activities for the youngest students outside Glendover Elementary School in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 22, 2015. The playground set for the youngest students was missing after renovations then found but damaged and will be replaced by the school district. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

As part of a $15 million renovation, Lexington's Glendover Elementary School got several recent additions including a new wing, a new main entrance and a new media center.

But when renovations ended this summer, something was missing: One of Glendover's three playgrounds.

It was the playground for kindergarten and first-grade students that the PTA had bought and that was used by neighborhood children, principal Catherine Fine said.

"School was beginning to start and it wasn't there," she said.

Fine said she contacted the district's facilities staff.

"At first they thought they had already moved it. We told them it wasn't there. That's when they did their investigating and told us that it had been damaged," she said.

"It's a concern to the PTA," the principal said. "It's not cheap to put in playgrounds."

Fine said PTA members noticed "that there was no playground out there for the little ones."

In response, Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said that "we have to move playground equipment in pretty much all of our renovations."

"Sometimes it gets damaged ... when you are pulling it apart."

Deffendall said new playground equipment for the younger students has been ordered, and it's expected to be delivered and installed in 30 to 60 days.

Fine said operations staffers told her that replacement would cost $21,255, with an additional $2,500 for installation.

The school district builds money into construction projects "so that we can provide a better or equal-to playground with each of our renovations," Deffendall said. "This is really not all that unusual."

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