Playground issues at Sherman elementary school?

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Neblett Elementary School is Sherman’s newest learning facility, but some parents are concerned about kids playing outside at the new campus.

The campus opened earlier this year, and while the inside is new, broken glass, bricks, and wood and nails can be found outside.

Despite these possible hazards, school officials say kids are safe and are getting plenty of exercise.

"Parents should not be concerned when their children are playing or if they are receiving enough exercise. We have a gym, and they can still go outside and play on a pretty day. Today would not be a good day," Bootie Terrell, Sherman ISD public relations, said on Tuesday.

Playground equipment for Neblett is expected to arrive sometime this school year.


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  • by Tammy Location: Sherman on Oct 19, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    Don't you love typos...meant to say "would love to afford to put my child in a PRIVATE school"...
  • by Tammy Location: Sherman on Oct 19, 2007 at 08:59 AM
    I would love to be able to afford to put my child in a public school. Unfortunately, I can't. My son is special needs and cost to send to private school is 500 a week; and although we don't live in Washington district, that is where all autistic children in SISD must attend. At present time, the autistic class does not go outside, mainly do to the fact there is "no" playground. When you say "go pick up the playground" , I think you are missing the point. There is no playground. There is a field. All children need an enclosure but especially autistic children who do not understand danger and are attracted to automobiles and roads. Is it my responsibility to after I pick up the "field" to also install an enclosure of some sort? I am not whining. The teachers in the Special Teach class have been wonderfully creative to ensure these children get exercise, but I think many of you are missing the point.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Oct 18, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    I think some of you are missing the point. Neblett is a newly constructed school. Before allowing students to attend there, the property should be properly cleaned of construction debris. Some of you have wandered off on a "Magical Mystery Tour", and have lost sight of the issue reported here. Jax, if my children are at school, the school IS responsible for their safety while there. A concept that you apparently don't understand.
  • by Marie Location: Sherman on Oct 17, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    Get serious Richie. Do you relly want the parents or adult visitors of other students "wandering" around the playground with a video camera? Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are too many people looking to take advantage of the innocent. I would rather have no parents on the playground than adults I don't know mingling with my child during recess! Also, I agree with Karen. If you really want our community property clean and safe for our children, pitch in and help out! If teachers didn't allow children to go outside until the site was 100% "safe" parents would probably complain about that too! My child's school is trespassed before and after school hours and on weekends when residents enter the property to play on the blacktop, basketball goals and bring their kids to the playground equipment. People constantly leave their trash (ie. drink bottles, glass, bandaids, cigarrette butts, ropes) behind. It's a never-ending battle without the help of our community residents.
  • by chris Location: lake texoma on Oct 17, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    If the condition of public schools is so important to you, then make the sacrifice and enroll in a private school.
  • by jax on Oct 17, 2007 at 05:44 PM
    mom and richie you guys are paranoid like was said move if you have a problem take care of your own dont expect the sisd to do it for you....or do you just expect it to be done for you
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Oct 17, 2007 at 03:48 PM
    Jax and David. Have you actually WALKED the property? I have. But, you gotta be quick about it, or they'll have you arrested for trespassing with video as evidence. Gone are the days when a parent could wander around a school playground with their kids. And David, spare us the propaganda. I seriously doubt that anyone toured anything outside the pre-determined route (which was no doubt perfectly tidy) during the dedication. There's junk everywhere out there, not to mention the garbage and tall grass we had to live with during construction. Pretty hypocritical, when area residents get nasty-grams from the city to clean up their yards, while our "good neighbor" school is allowed to do as they please.
  • by jax on Oct 17, 2007 at 03:27 PM
    mom you raelly need to get your facts straight you know being a hot head will get you no where. and yes you are whining and if you are unhappy---- move!!!!amen karen
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Oct 17, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    OH - please. All you so-called concerned parents go to that play ground and pick it up your selves. Let me help you - every one get trashbags - stand side by side - walk in a straight line from on fence to the other - picking up the wood, nails, rebar, etc - move over & repeat until the grounds are clear. Ask those that can to bring pallets of grass, it will need to be watered WELL daily. Plant some trees. Do something - except whine. For those whining "Why should we do it? - better to do something constructive than to complain and expect someone else to pick up for you. If you know there is a problem - fix it before someone gets hurt. For crying out loud! That is my opinion karensopinion@gmail.com
  • by Washington mom Location: Sherman on Oct 17, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    Hey Jax, you live in Bell's. Ya'll have like a one room schoolhouse. Lucky you. I'd rather have that, than the bureacratic mess in Sherman! I'm not whining, I'm stating fact. So, blah-
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