School district officials are concerned about an apparent property line dispute between the school district and an adjacent property owner. The property owner recently barred access to a long-used path behind the tennis courts at the high school by cordoning it off and posting "No trespassing" signs.
Columbia cross country coach and school board director Charles Leader brought the matter to the board's attention at its Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night. He said he found the six-foot wide path blocked off a few days ago. Leader is concerned that blocking the path will interfere with Columbia's first home race scheduled for next Tuesday. The path is part of the race circuit. He believes changing the route with such short notice will be unfair to the other schools competing - Donegal and Northern Lebanon.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Hollister acknowledged that there is some disagreement about where the property line is but added that the matter will be addressed. "As soon as we know where our property line is for sure, we can do something," Hollister said.
The property owner is reportedly in the process of selling the property.