Oct 31, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterEfforts to address traffic issues at Rendezvous Elementary School have resulted in significantly improved safety during student drop-off and pick-up times, local officials said.
About 580 third- through fifth-graders are enrolled at Rendezvous Elementary this year -- up by more than 200 from last year, when 378 fourth- and fifth-graders went to school there. The building was renovated this summer to accommodate the local third-graders in an effort to comply with the state's mandated 16:1 student-teacher ratio.
Fremont County School District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder said the increased enrollment led to traffic congestion issues, which he and other administrators have been working to alleviate. Snyder said extra crossing guards have been placed in the area to monitor pedestrian activity, and bus drivers have been pulling into a different area of the campus to allow more space for parents who drive their children to and from school.
"Having the crossing guards helped," Snyder said. "On the first day, parents didn't really make the transition."
Guardians previously were asked to drop off and pick up students on the west side of the block, but Snyder said they are now able to approach the school from almost any direction.
The bus route now follows North Sixth Street West north past West Jackson Avenue and onto school property. Snyder said a fence will be erected soon to ensure students stay clear of the bus lane.
"The drivers have safety concerns with kids playing out there," Snyder said. "That will be taken care of when we have the fence up."
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