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Slide to be repaired soon

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By Tris DeRoma

According to school officials, the playground slide that was burned and destroyed in an apparent arson at Piñon Elementary in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 could be back by the middle of September.
According to Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and the school district’s chief of operations, Joanie Ahlers, the slide and the replacements for the other parts and components of the playground that were damaged will be arriving soon.
“Factoring the installation and the delivery time of the parts, we believe the playground should be back online by Sept. 11 or 12,” Schmidt said.
Jill Gonzales, the school’s principal said they’ve taken down the remains of the slide and have taken off all the damage parts, so the other parts of the playground will be safe for use. She said the damaged section had already cordoned off from the rest of the playground and students aren’t allowed into that section until the slide is repaired.
“We’ve cordoned it off so students won’t get injured, but, they still have access to 50 percent of the play structure,” she said.


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