There are the obvious geographic benefits to keeping Kitty Stone Elementary School centrally located, and one of the most overlooked aspects is safety. Kitty Stone is accessible by a number of different directions because of the existing streets that surround it, many of them with sidewalks. Also, Kitty Stone does not sit on a main road, which enhances the safety by keeping traffic down around the school at different times of the day. These traffic patterns were pointed out by our local traffic engineers at a recent school board meeting.
Since there is not a great deal of infrastructure improvement needed in the form of sidewalks around the immediate site, that frees up funds to be used for other projects or invested back into our children’s education. The funding aspect is also a heavy factor, especially in light of the slow growth in sales-tax revenue through the first nine months of the fiscal year.