Letters to the Editor

Friday Harbor Elementary PTA meeting to address playground

To Friday Harbor Elementary School parents:

On Sept. 3, the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA met with Principal Gary Pflueger, Rod Turnbull, parents and community members in the elementary school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. for their first PTA meeting of the 2008-09 school year. As a result, it has been decided that is necessary to form an advisory committee concerning the crumb rubber playground material currently at the elementary school.

The FHES PTA is looking for volunteers to serve as members of the advisory committee, to help research crumb rubber and alternate playground underlay materials. In addition to researching suitable materials for playground cover, volunteers on the advisory committee will need to research the costs of removing and replacing approximately 160 cubic yards of the existing material, costs of labor, and sources of funding.

Your thoughts on either removing the crumb rubber material, or keeping it at the playground, are needed to help determine what path is required to move forward as a community. In order to address parents concerns over the safety of this material, we strongly encourage you to submit your opinions to fhes.pta@gmail.com.

The FHES PTA and Principal Pflueger will meet again, in the elementary school cafeteria on Sept. 17 at 6:30 to discuss solutions and concerns about playground covers, and everyone who would like their opinion heard is encouraged to attend this meeting.

Volunteers who are interested in being on the advisory committee should contact the FHES PTA before that date by e-mailing fhes.pta@gmail.com.
Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA Board:

Anna Lisa Lindstrum, Tanja Williamson, Kerry Andrews, Emily Wolf, Adrienne Bourne, Jennifer Ayers

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