City and school to combine efforts
By Caroline Trowbridge
Editor and publisher
Tonganoxie city and school officials chatted informally Monday night before their regular meetings about their aspirations for the future.
During a dinner meeting at Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse, school board and city council members talked about the possibility of some joint ventures.
"I don't see any reason why we don't consider our school playgrounds as city playgrounds," said Richard Erick-son, school superintendent.
That way, improvements to the elementary school playground could be eligible for funding through grants from the state or federal government.
Those grants are handled by the city's recreation commission, and city administrator Chris Clark said he'd work on that idea with Mark Zerrer, director of the recreation commission.
In addition, school and city officials talked about traffic along U.S. Highway 24-40 and its effects on city motorists as well as school children.
Clark said he is working on a traffic study in an effort to secure a traffic light at the intersection of the highway and Laming Road.
Erickson said he was hopeful the city and school district also could work together to establish additional yellow caution lights along the highway, such as the one near Second Street.
"I was just wondering whether we could extend those flashing lights to include our two entrances at the junior high and high school," Erickson said.
Following the dinner meeting, each board went its separate way to conduct their regularly scheduled Monday night meetings.
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