Complaints focus on athletic facilities
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Numerous parents and community members attended the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees’ meeting last Tuesday to voice their concerns about the health and safety of some of Corydon Central’s athletic facilities.
Multiple parents shared that they had children who played on the high school football team who have contracted staph infections multiple years in a row, something they believe to be caused by the poorly kept and cleaned locker rooms on the campus.
One parent said he believed there to be mold in the locker room ceiling due to water damage.
Others speaking at the meeting said they are concerned about the outdoor spaces, like the baseball and soccer fields the students use, as they are also in poor conditions. Many of the concerns shared were items that seemed to have occurred over numerous years, according to the parents who spoke.
Patrick Clarke, an assistant coach on the Corydon Central girls’ soccer team, said it is disheartening the team was forced to reschedule a senior night game three separate times due to it raining the night before a game, making the field unplayable, an issue he said is pretty normal for the team and others who use outdoor fields as well.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge said at a later date that he was able to tour all the facilities the following day after the board meeting and agreed that the facilities “could use work.” He added, however, that the ceiling leak issue brought up at the meeting was repaired in August.
“We are going to have a facilities review completed by an outside company this summer and fall to see what our main priorities are and develop a strategy to fix the issues,” Eastridge said. “This has been on our radar, and we hope to address the main items as best as we can.”
During his COVID-19 policy update, Eastridge shared that, as of last Tuesday evening, there was only one COVID case active in the school corporation. As of Monday morning, the number had not changed.
This information was shared after the board unanimously agreed to move from a mask mandate to a mask recommendation for those on school property.
“This hasn’t been a reckless action, in my opinion,” Eastridge said to the board. “You never want to be reckless because things can change, and this pertains to the health of our students.”
He commended Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb for guidance throughout the pandemic and said he was glad to see in his recent guidance to school superintendents that Holcomb is requesting exit strategy ideas from his staff in order to prepare school corporations to move away from mandated masking.
During board member comments, each trustee shared their appreciation to the public for continuing to bring issues or concerns they have with the corporation, no matter the school, to the board meetings as it is the main way they are able to hear about concerns.
The school board is scheduled to meet again Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the corporation office in Corydon.