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Highland Board Takes Action to Secure Weightroom, Eliminate Liability

Posted: Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 6:28 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

The Highland School Board met August 14. Photo by Sam McIntosh.
Liability was discussed by the Highland School Board in regards to the high school weight room at their meeting August 14.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said, “One of the things the board asked me to do was to kind of look at things from an outsider’s perspective and give you my recommendations. And I will tell you that I am scared to death of the access that people have to our weight room without supervision. That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.”

High school Principal Angela Hazelett said there is a number of undocumented keys to the weight room in the community. Jorgensen says that the weight room will be changing to a keyless swipe card entry system. George Schulz will be changing the locks on the doors. Jorgensen recommended that the district eliminates outside access to the weight room, keeping access through the wrestling room and the hallway. He also suggested the weight room have one guest key card that can be checked out, and that the facility can only be used when a staffed supervisor is present. Jorgensen acknowledged the community support that was behind the facility, and that the district could hire a staff person to supervise the weight room in the evening a few days of the week, and community members can use the room free of charge. The board voted 5-0 to take action on the weight room per Jorgensen’s recommendation.