Student safety during Highway 12 road construction a top priority

April 14, 2008

By Jen Bakken
Staff Writer

Student safety during area road construction is a concern and top priority for Delano Public Schools, Stahlke Bus, and the City of Delano.

Craig Burton, Delano Schools resource officer, and other patrol officers have observed the traffic flow to see how the detour has affected students coming to and from school.

So far, no major problems have been noted. A crossing guard will be used if any areas show a need, to ensure the students can cross all streets safely.

With Elm Street being closed at County Line Road, there has not been any unusual traffic activity affecting students.

“As always, we will be assessing the situation,” Burton said, “and taking any input from the public to determine if anything else must be done to ensure student safety.”

Delano Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. John Sweet has also observed traffic near the schools and hasn’t witnessed any unusual problems.

A school patron has requested a crosswalk on Tiger Drive near the hockey arena for middle school students who walk to school from Rebecca Park Estates, by the baseball and softball fields.

This request has been turned over to the City of Delano for its consideration.

“We are highly cognizant of traffic safety around the schools at all times,” Sweet said. “We are always on the lookout for ways to make bus loading, car loading, and foot traffic more safe.”

A few changes have been made by Stahlke Bus with student safety in mind.

Routes have been altered to ensure that students do not have to cross in front of busses along the detour route.

Driver times may be longer due to detour routes and traffic, but Stahlke Bus is trying to be as prepared as possible.

“So far, things are going smoothly,” said Deb Anderson from Stahlke Bus. “With 21 busses and 3 special education busses, it takes a huge amount of time, planning, and it’s a day-by-day process.”

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