Last year, the second grade class presented the School Board with a proposal for a sandbox. Superintendent Josh Coughran presented the board with a list of possible costs and materials, and found that the sand contains carcinogenic materials and can cause respiratory illnesses.
“We should either find sand that is safe and non-toxic, or we decide to not go forward with this project and ask those students if there is something else they would like to see on the playground,” he said.
Board members Darren Belisle and Cara Cosgrove agreed to nix the idea and find another option, rather than deal with the potential dangers of sand.
Member Mary Tidlow asked that she be able to look into other sand options before the idea is thrown out.
“I love hearing from them, and I hate to disappoint them, but if we can, we should find another option for them,” Belisle said.