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Sidewalks to help ease fears for students walking to new school

Posted August 26, 2008 5:29 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2008 11:43 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County school system is taking steps to make the walk to a new elementary school safer for students.

Some parents at Sycamore Creek Elementary School were upset that their children had to walk to school along busy Leesville Road. Portions of the road and several side streets do not have sidewalks.

"I'm upset because I do feel it's unsafe,” parent Barbara Bateman said.

Children living within 1.5 miles of the school, at 10921 Leesville Road, are not offered bus transportation. School officials said they studied the area surrounding the school and determined it is safe for students to walk; however, some parents say safety measures are needed.

"It lacks sidewalk and it lacks crossing guards where there are major intersections,” Bateman said.

School officials said Tuesday a sidewalk will soon be added to link one neighboring community to the new school.

School officials said the project was part of the original design, but never completed.

"I believe it is on the fast track. I talked to the project manager myself, and he is aware that we are implementing these new procedures beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 2. And that's our hope and wish that it is going to be completed before then,” Kristen Faircloth, principal of Sycamore Creek Elementary School, said.

Transportation leaders will meet with concerned parents about the walk policy Wednesday afternoon.

The school system's transportation director said he will answer questions, but can't say if there will be any changes in the busing procedures.