Parents question school's decision to have nearby students walk to class
Some parents say Sycamore Creek Elementary School may be close enough for their children to walk, but Leesville Road is too dangerous for that.Posted — Updated
“It irks us, yes, it does,” parent Tim Woodhead said.
Parents in the nearby neighborhood of Glen Arbor were happy to see the new 103,348-square-foot facility open this year – until they heard their child would be walking.
Some children living within 1.5 miles of the school, at 10921 Leesville Road, are not offered bus transportation. That surprised some parents.
Parents argue Leesville Road, and neighboring streets, are too busy for young children to be walking along.
Some students living in the walk zone can ride the bus, but only if their homes are across Leesville street from the school.
"If it is not where the students can safely cross the road, then we would actually transport them across,” Eddy Adams, Wake County's senior director for transportation, said.
Children in the Glen Arbor subdivision live on the same side of the road as Sycamore Elementary, so they must walk.
School leaders say all children who live near a school are considered walkers unless the path is unsafe. School transportation officials add that they carefully studied neighborhoods around Sycamore Elementary before deciding whether to offer bus transportation.
Parents say they will meet with those transportation leaders Wednesday to argue for bus transportation.
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