GIRARD — Young children may have something to do during games at the baseball and softball complex in Girard.

The Girard Youth Activities Association brought a proposal for a new playground to the USD 248 board during its regular meeting on Thursday.

USD 248 Superintendent Blaze Bauer said the property on which the Girard Youth Activities Association wishes have the playground built is owned by the school district.

Bauer said the board approves of the idea of a new playground.

“In the complex, a lot of people spend a lot of time out there,” he said. “It would be nice to have equipment for small kids to play with.”

The association is in the progress of raising money to make the playground possible. They have applied for grants to help with some of the funds.

Bauer said it could cost between $45,000 to $70,000 depending on the many options available — including moving a road and playground equipment.

Bauer said those interested in helping the new playground come to be may contact the school district office.

In other business, the board approved a $2,000 donation toward a student assistance fund and the USD 248 Audit report came back good.
“It was a good report,” Bauer said. “There weren’t any red flags.”

The board also reported the September 20 official count date for USD 248 enrollment numbers for the 2017-2018 school year.

“It went up a few students,” Bauer said. “This is good news, we like to see that.”

The board approved their end of the tentative Girard Middle School and Frontenac Middle School Cooperative Agreement for wrestling.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.