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Eden Central School District officials said they will see if grants or state aid might be available to assist in building a new playground at the elementary school.

The wooden playground was torn down during the summer after traces of arsenic from the pressure-treated lumber were found in the soil.

Members of the Shared Decision Making Team at the school appealed to the Board of Education Wednesday night to replace the PACE (Parents and Children of Eden) playground.

Debbie Asboth said the group has received a $500 donation that can be used to obtain the services of a grant writer or go toward the playground itself.

Principal Richard Schaefer said a subcommittee of parents is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school library to plan the next step.

Board President Timothy Walker estimated it would cost $100,000 for a new facility the size of the old one, and after the meeting he and Superintendent Robert E. Zimmerman said they would look for sources of funding.

Because of the cost, a community-funded playground is no longer feasible, Walker said.

On another matter, the board approved hiring Shawn Johnson as pupil personnel director, effective Jan. 1, at a salary of $80,000. She comes from the Frontier Central School District and will replace Patricia Stotsky, who is retiring.

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