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Indian River board may ban skateboarding during events


PHILADELPHIA — No tricks here: skateboards may be banned from sports events during the school year at Indian River Central School.

Board members discussed adding the rule to nix skateboarding by the football field stands at Thursday’s meeting, saying it has become a safety hazard.

It will be discussed further at the Aug. 8 board meeting.

Superintendent James Kettrick said he does not have a problem with skateboarders practicing on school grounds. However, he said, it becomes an issue when they use the ramp going toward the concession area during games.

“They need to carry (their boards) at the events,” he said.

Board member Peter D. Shue said he had not noticed the skateboarders using the ramps had created an issue with safety or seen anyone hurt by a wayward skateboard.

“I’ve never seen it, and I never heard anyone complain about it,” he said.

One board member said she had a personal run-in, however.

“Pete, I almost got knocked down years ago,” Linda M. Capone said. “I didn’t report it. I kind of said something under my breath, but I didn’t report it.”

If a resolution passes, it will be added to the recent rule saying that dogs, excluding guide dogs, cannot be brought to school events.

However, when there is not an event, leashed pets and skateboarders can use school grounds as they please.

“If you look at the policy, it doesn’t say dogs are excluded from our property,” board Vice President Thomas L. Lapp said. “When there is an event, this is our policy.”

Buildings and Grounds will put signs up around the event area to alert dog owners and skateboarders, but not until a committee can discuss the wording. Director of Human Resources Dennis L. Schrecengast recommended that signage include bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters.

“I wrestled with this a little today,” he said. “How do you categorize equipment with nonmotorized wheels on it?”

Mr. Kettrick stressed to the board that a decision would have to be made soon to allow the district enough time to order the signs and put them in the ground.

“You’re about four weeks, amazingly, from our first game,” he said.

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