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New fence along South Street sidewalk designed to direct students to crosswalk

August 27, 2010
By COLIN KYLER ckyler@timesobserver.com
A new fence will provide safety for elementary school students by directing them to the crosswalks. Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, Warren County School District director of buildings and grounds, said workers constructed a fence in early August at South Street Early Learning Center. In the past, he said students have jumped out of buses or into parents’ vehicles. “The fence prevents them from launching into the street and into traffic,” Kennerknecht said. “I watched them one day and it’s chaotic.” Along the South Street side of the school, Kennerknecht said the fence extends approximately 60 feet from the corner with Pennsylvania Ave. E. The buildings and grounds budget provided funding for the fence, he said, which amounted to around $1,000. District representatives met with city officials, Kennerknecht said, who said they supported the project. Warren City Police Chief Raymond Zydonik and Sgt. Brandon Deppen told them the city had no problems with the project, he said. The district had a similar situation at Beaty-Warren Middle School, Kennerknecht said, so workers put a fence there several years ago. While not a policy, he said the district decides to place fences based on each school’s circumstance. South Street Principal Ann Buerkle said students have not suffered any injuries from traffic. Some parents would park where workers placed the fence, she said, and allow students to walk into the building unaccompanied. “We’ve been fortunate nothing has happened,” Buerkle said. “This is yet another preventative measure.” When students exit the building during fire drills, Buerkle said the fence will provide a safe area for them. She said she has always requested parents accompany their students through the crosswalk.

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Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Safety fence
A new chain-link fence separates the sidewalk along South Street Early Learning Center from traffic on South Street.

 
 

 

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