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Safety concerns over dropping kids off at Jr. High

Submitted by on October 16, 2019 – 12:44 amNo Comment

Administrators with Alpena Public Schools are still trying to come up with some viable answers to safety concerns over dropping off and picking up students at the junior high school.

Superintendent John VanWagoner told the board of education’s property committee this week, there have been at least a couple of incidents this year, of kids nearly being struck by vehicles as parents drop off or pick up their children.

He said some changes have been made but administrators are still searching for the best solution.

In the meantime, VanWagoner said another safety issue concerns students who live to the west of the building and walk to school. During the winter months, the only option for those kids is to walk up the school’s driveway as buses and parents are exiting.

To alleviate that safety concern, the district is cutting a lane through the brush and trees that stand on the property between the school and Wildcat Court subdivision. Some stones will be put down and the path will be plowed throughout the winter months.