MCPASD Facilities Services Manager Bill Eberhardt recently found out he passed the exam to be a Certified Playground Safety Inspector.
Eberhardt, who has been certified since August 2005, attended a three-day course held by the National Recreation and Parks Association last fall in Green Bay. The first two days were spent covering the codes pertaining to playgrounds and hands-on training at a playground site. The third day was spent taking a 100-question test. Eberhardt had to score at least 70 percent on the exam to pass.
He is the only MCPASD employee who has certification, which is good for three years.
Eberhardt inspects the playgrounds before each school year and makes sure the necessary repairs are completed. He also investigates injuries and makes recommendations to the schools for future playground needs.
"After taking this course and passing the exam, they told us that we would never look at a playground the same way again,'' Eberhardt said. "They were right. The desired outcome is that a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) is capable of establishing the basics of a sound risk reduction program, establish a system of repair, retrofit and removal of hazardous equipment and establish a routine inspection system for our District.''