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Blind Brook High School May Limit Public Use Of Track

The track at Blind Brook High School may stay locked at night to prevent further graffiti incidents.
The track at Blind Brook High School may stay locked at night to prevent further graffiti incidents. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

RYE BROOK, N.Y. --  Blind Brook High School may limit the hours when the public can access its track and field following a vandalism incident this summer.

For the past few weeks the track has been locked during the hours between dusk and dawn. During the summer somebody went out onto the grounds and sprayed graffiti onto the track area and the adjoining walls, said Schools Superintendent William Stark. "It was rather significant, and it took almost three days to remove."

Unlike the baseball field, which is locked, the track area is left open to the public. Stark said that the Board of Education will have to revisit its policy regarding the hours that the track is in operation, in order to prevent similar incidents. There are cameras in the area, but the area is large, and the incident occurred during the night, which limits the usefulness of adding more cameras.

Jonathan Ross, assistant superintendent of finance and facilities, said that there are quite a few people who use the track during the day, but doesn't think there are that many who use it at night. He said that since there are no lights on the track, a camera to catch someone in the act would not be very helpful.

"This is a jewel, an asset for this community, and everything that we can do to protect it, I think we need to," he said. If hours were to be set for the field, he said the custodian staff could easily lock it at the end of the day and open it in the morning. "It gets a little more complicated during the weekends, but I think we can work that out with our own staff, as well as people we know that use the field."

"I personally thinks it's a safety issue," Board President Nancy Barr said of people using the track at night. "For a number of reasons. You can trip, you can't see who's out there, and I certainly don't like the idea of kids running around in the dark on the track."

The board will determine a policy for use of the track at its meeting later this month.

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