CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Seriously? The feds investigating a playground? This is just absurd! Surely this could and SHOULD be resolved at the local level. Somebody got knee-jerk with this one.
IOWA CITY — Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an audit of Iowa City playgrounds last month after receiving a complaint.
Officials visited Iowa City schools Nov. 15, according to an email from Kingsley Botchway, director of equity and engagement, that was sent Thursday to parents.
The complaint concerns accessibility at a playground built over the summer at Shimek Elementary School, school board President Janet Godwin said.
The district was first notified of the complaint on Sept. 15, and Botchway said the district has been cooperating with the investigation. Botchway met with officials when they arrived for “only one day,” he said, to coordinate their schedules and provide clarifications about playground documentation.
“We were under instructions from the DOJ that this was a highly technical audit and that they were not interested in making their process public or meeting with the board, the administration, school staff, or the community,” Botchway said in the email.