EFFINGHAM — After about five minutes of discussion Wednesday, the Effingham Park District Board agreed to table a policy regarding transgender restrooms and locker rooms within the district.
The topic arose because of an impending swim meet planned in early August at the Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex, where at least one out-of-town team has a transgender participant.
Jake Junghanel, general manager of the sports complex, said this is a new issue to the park district and to the 2½-year-old facility.
"We didn't want to create a judgment or make a policy without (the board) having an opportunity to voice your opinion," Junghanel said. "Essentially, we have put this in your hands. We will move forward and we will manage with whatever your decision is."
Steve Boswell, athletic director for the park district, said the district's been in contact with attorney Tony Siemer, who made some recommendations, but the board decided to wait until park district Director Jeff Althoff was present to address the topic. Althoff was not at Wednesday's meeting.
"We're trying to be proactive and get ahead of this situation," said Boswell.
Park board President Dennis Carie said the board wants to do what is appropriate and legal.
The board will meet again before the swim meet. Junghanel declined to comment further, except to say he will deliver the policy as the board sees fit.