Parents air complaints about school security, parking issues to Re-1 board
Courtney Eagleton says Crystal River Elementary School’s east campus has a security problem but school officials say the problem has been rectified. “Last year my child walked off campus and they didn’t know she was gone,” Eagleton said Monday. It was her ex-husband, she said, who was able to walk into the school and get their daughter. She said that he did that without the school knowing about it, adding that her ex-husband is required to be supervised while visiting his children.Eagleton said principal Karen Olson told her badges would be required for all visitors at the school, but that plan never materialized. Eagleton took the issue to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 school board Wednesday night, complaining that students are able to “walk” off campus. She told the board there have been gaps in the fence around the construction area at the school through which anyone can enter unannounced. Olson said that she can’t comment on what happened the previous school year because she was not principal then. But she assured the board that a much tighter system of keeping track of who enters campus was implemented by Oct. 18. “There’s lots of open doors,” Olson said, adding that Eagleton made a “good point” about people being able to “come in.” But, she said, that “can’t happen now.”Superintendent Fred Wall said all entrances to the school are controlled much better than they once were. “Kids don’t leave without a green slip in their hands,” Olson said. But Eagleton said she and Olson discussed locking the school’s doors. Olson said the doors are unlocked at various times during the day to allow children access to the school building while at recess or during other outdoor activities. “People do come into the building,” Olson said, “but people are not taking children out without a green slip. And I can verify that.”Another district resident voiced her displeasure over plans for a parking area.Elaine Hallett, who lives on 14th Street in Glenwood Springs, said the district’s plans for the reconfiguration of the Glenwood Springs High School student parking lot will exacerbate the already-serious trash and noise problems the parking lot currently creates. Hallett said students use her driveway as a drop-off and a vehicle turnaround and they disrespect her property. “Students are capable of being respectful – that should be demanded of them,” she said, adding that her complaints have been met with no response from school officials. She added that the school reconstruction project the district is about to begin is the perfect opportunity to address student traffic issues. Wall said he would be sure Hallett is able to meet with Glenwood High administrators and see a current plan for the parking lot redesign.”It’s not necessary to make a mess of 14th Street,” Hallett said.
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