Originally Published: December 17, 2003 6:10 p.m.
CHINO VALLEY – Parents and teachers at Heritage Middle School believe that Road 2 North is "an accident waiting to happen," so the district Governing Board is taking its concerns and a suggestion to Thursday's Chino Valley Town Council meeting.
"Road 2 North is a main feeder road for three schools," said Harold Tenney, Heritage's principal.
Many Del Rio Elementary School and Heritage students who walk to school use the road. The two schools are adjacent to each other on Road 1 West just north of Road 2 North. Del Rio has more than 650 students, and about 720 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders attend the middle school.
Territorial Elementary School, with 536 students, is on Road 1 East just south of Road 2 North, and many Chino Meadows students use East Road 2 North to walk to that elementary school, Tenney said.
He brought up the idea of a bicycle/pedestrian path along Road 2 North at November's Chino Valley Unified School District board meeting, and members decided to take the idea to the Chino Valley Town Council.
Road 2 North is unstriped and narrow, particularly on the west side, Tenney said, and it is dangerous for youngsters who ride bicycles or walk along the road when they are going to or from school.
"There have been no accidents," he said, "and that's our goal – not to have any. We want to do whatever we can to make getting to school safer for our child-ren."
As the town begins to develop its roads, the middle school principal hopes it will give a high priority to a bicycle/pedestrian pathway along Road 2 North.
Tenney envisions a pathway similar to the one that exists west of Road 1 West between the school and Butterfield Road near the town's senior center.
Board member Mike Holdsworth will present the school district's ideas about a Road 2 North pathway to Town Council members.