To the Editor:
The proposed chain-link fence that is scheduled to be erected around the backyard playground behind Glacier Ridge Elementary School before the upcoming school year begins is apparently because of concerns about some children “bolting” from the property. We are all on the same page about the childrens’ safety, however punishing an entire community seems like overkill.
What happens to the fence when the children graduate to their next school? Why don’t the other D47 schools have fences? For example, Woods Creek Elementary School has a creek flowing alongside the property as well as Alexandra Road.
Indian Prairie Elementary School has its backyard alongside Miller Road, also a very busy road. What about the middle schools? In light of the COVOD-19 pandemic, with all the schools ordered closed unexpectedly, remote learning supples are necessary. I’m sure this wasn’t cheap.
At the May 18 D47 school board meeting, I learned the school lunch program will most likely continue throughout the summer. I am all for these programs, but we must keep in mind that property taxes scheduled for McHenry County may be delayed in reaching schools. Is building a fence now really the best way to spend the rumored $50,000?
From my back window, I can see the field constantly being used. Folks playing basketball, people running on the track or playing with their dogs, children using the playground equipment. I see a happy, thriving community indulging in the outdoors, bonding with their families in a nearby familiar open space in their own backyard.
I wish the D47 school administration would have been good neighbors and reached out to let us know what they were planning. If an enclosed area is truly necessary, my solution would be to utilize the property that butts up to the building on the Northwest corner of the building, or along the North center portion of the building.
This play area could house special sensory equipment suitable for the needs of these children.
I think taxpayers would appreciate a break from these unnecessary expenses as well as having access to the open space.