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Student pedestrian safety subject of special meeting

The Daily Courier

CHINO VALLEY ­ The Town Council and the Governing Board of the Chino Valley Unified School District plan a rare joint meeting Monday to discuss student pedestrian safety in and around Territorial and Del Rio elementary schools and Heritage Middle School.

The council and school boards also plan to talk about scheduling a meeting to discuss future school sites and related building needs in response to enrollment growth in the schools. The joint meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

Council members received an earful from parents who expressed concern at the Nov. 10 meeting about the safety of children who walk and ride bikes along West Road 2 North. Town Manager Bill Pupo said at the meeting that the town may do design work to make the road safer.

One parent who spoke at the council meeting, Tom Utts, spoke about a car accident that injured his 11-year-old son, Billy, who was riding a bicycle. The police report on the Oct. 21 accident, which is contained in the council packet, quotes a witness as saying that the driver did not see Billy.

The council packet also contains recommendations on increasing safety, such as deploying a school resource officer at Road 2 North and reducing the speed limit at roads 2 North and 1 West to 15 mph one hour before schools open and close.

Pat Purdin serves on both the council and the school board.