George Barth of Kansas City is concerned about the pups who attend New Mark Middle School on Northeast 106th Street in Clay County. He has noticed it’s (understandably) very busy when the school day starts and ends. He has also noticed that while there are sidewalks everywhere else in this area, there are no sidewalks in front of the school.
Why not? Is this a safety concern? Or, as Barth put it, a tragedy waiting to happen? The Watchdog sure hopes not.
This is no oversight, George.
The sidewalks are absent only in front, between the entrance and exit of the circle drive, and that’s on purpose, said Mary Jo Burton, communications director for North Kansas City Schools.
“If there were a sidewalk there, students would be walking across the circle drive entrance and circle drive exit, creating a potential hazard,” she said.
Students are encouraged to use sidewalks alongside the driveway.
Burton added that if traversing the “grassy island” in front of the school is inconvenient for neighborhood walkers, they are welcome to use the circle drive or the sidewalks leading to the school.
The Watchdog says that if those students happen to organize an outdoor campout, he knows where they would sleep — in a pup tent.
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