Bycroft School gets new playground equipment

Looking over a new swing set on the playground at Robert Bycroft School near Lisbon are principal Andrew Garber, Paul Anthony of the Reach 4 More program and Bill Devon, superintendent of the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities. (Submitted photo)

LISBON — Students at Robert Bycroft School who go outside for recess will find a new slide and swing set on the school’s playground.

The new playground equipment is ADA-compliant, said principal Andrew Garber. It was purchased at a cost of $12,100 from the ParkPlay Solutions company, the cost partially paid by a grant from the Knights of Columbus.

County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent Bill Devon said the board authorized the purchase “in the spring, but it took quite a while to get it installed.” The school’s maintenance supervisor, John Wolf, was first to observe that the existing equipment needed to be replaced, he said, and Bycroft teacher Kathy Timmons made the request to the administration.

“Our students will get outside to use it when the weather allows, and it will be cleaned between usages,” Garber said.

Bycroft educates developmentally disabled children in grades K-12. Families were given the choice of in-person or remote learning due to the pandemic.

Twenty-three currently attend classes, with 17 learning from home.


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