An initial step in preparation for installation was to remove playground equipment from the site. Baker School District Head of Maintenance is in charge of this process. Over the weekend school district officials were made aware that equipment had been given to a local resident in trade for its removal.
“We acknowledge that the Head of Maintenance made a misstep,” said Superintendent Mark Witty. “The District has a surplus process; this was not followed. The playground equipment is now back in our possession and we are researching potential uses for the structure.”
The District is working with PACE, a company who handles property and liability insurance for Oregon school districts, to determine if the equipment still meets safety standards for school use. If the equipment is determined to be safe for public use, the District will meet with school and community entities to determine the best location and use for the equipment.