March 26, 2015
The number of students impacted by the location of their school is one of many factors in our district’s facility decision. It is not the only factor, but it is a consideration. As President of Safe Routes Chagrin, I can tell you that the school board’s reference in the March Super News to 132 students in 4-6 grade walking regularly stems from data we gathered 3 years ago. Out of the subgroup of 164 students who lived within 1 mile of Philomethian, 80% walked to school on a regular basis. That’s 132. That is not the entire group of students walking. Our data showed that in 2012 about 28% of the entire school population walked or biked regularly to/from school on Tues/Wed/Thurs.That data does not include students walking to town on Friday afternoons to enjoy an ice cream cone or the parks. Furthermore, 63% of all students in 4-6th grade had blanket permission from parents to walk home or to town. Clearly, this is a choice of transportation that is valued in our community and one that would be missed if a new school was built in a non-walkable area.