County commissioner wants school playgrounds safer

District 5 Commissioner Larry Akers stands on the playground at Brilliant Elementary, showing the area needing to be leveled.

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
HAMILTON — Recess is still an important part of the elementary school day by providing a short break from schoolwork. To keep the children as safe as possible, improvements are looking to be made at the playgrounds of both Brilliant and Guin elementary schools. Attention to ways of improvement was brought to the attention of District 5 County Commissioner Larry Akers, and he approached the Marion County Board of Education at their last meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, to see how the two could work together to achieve the improvements.
At Brilliant Elementary School, the main concern is a landscaping issue. The area of the playground behind the school building is not level, and there is a rainwater issue as well. Once improvements have been made here, the school is planning on obtaining new playground equipment.

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