Mulvane hears from public about gym controversy

MULVANE, Kansas – KSN uncovered this story first regarding Mulvane Grade School and the issue of sharing its brand new gym with the local recreation center.

The situation hasn’t sat well with parents and tonight the parents and rec center patrons had their voices heard.

The concern is whether senior citizens will be allowed to use the indoor walking track during school hours. The track overlooks the gymnasium used by the students.

The Mulvane school board took about 90 minutes worth of public feedback on the issue from both sides and also heard from school parents who say they are just looking out for their children’s safety.

“I’ve got a granddaughter, and she’s the only one I’m ever going to have, and she goes here,” said Linda Parker, a grandparent. “I don’t want her to be the one. I don’t want any person’s child to be the one.”

As it stands now, rec center members 55 and older are allowed to use the elevated track during school hours.

That track has no access to the gym floor inside the gym itself. The seniors in attendance say the security in place is enough and things as is.

“These people take care of our kids,” said Bob Miller, a rec center member. “They set up the safety for this and if the teachers, and the administrators and the school board would have had a problem I’d really listen to it.”

The gym is operated by Mulvane’s Recreation Commission but is considered school property so any action lies in the hands of Mulvane’s school board.

The board did not take any action on this issue tonight. They will take the feedback and may make a decision at a later date.

Mulvane Grade School: Gym sharing concerns

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