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School hopes missing equipment returned


Exercise equipment has been taken from a gym that has been open to community use for years, and school district officials are hoping someone will bring it back.

“It is disturbing and frustrating to think that people would take valuable equipment that is available to everyone, at no charge,” noted Grand Coulee Dam School District Athletic Director Rich Black.

Black said the equipment still housed at the former middle school in Grand Coulee was noticed missing last Monday, March 21, apparently taken over the weekend. There was no sign of forced entry, Black said.

“Whoever it was, entered with keys,” he said. “They either borrowed or took the equipment.”

Originally purchased with a grant more than five years ago for middle school use, the equipment has since been made available for community use for a simple $25 to obtain a key.

That’s part of the problem, Black said. No one knows how many people have keys to the facility. The keys given out for years can be duplicated.

The missing items include several sets of dumbells at various weights and an incline workout board. Two 30-pound dumbells were noticed returned later last week, found on the bleachers.

“If this illegal activity continues,” Black said in a letter to the editor this week, “it will call into question the policy of the open use of the gym.”

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