Charlottesville School Board Discusses Safety, Sidewalks

June 12, 2013

The Charlottesville School Board met Tuesday night to review its goals, including making it easier for students to walk to school.

The board discussed a range of policies suggested by the Virginia Boards Association.

One item to come up was making schools walkable. The board is considering creating sidewalks a certain distance from schools.

"Our whole country is facing obesity, you know, and this is just part of our health and wellness policy," said School Board Vice Chair Amy Laufer. "Trying to make schools more walkable, it makes it a lot more energy efficient if you don't have to have a bus stop at every location."

The School Board will discuss the sidewalk idea with Charlottesville City Council at a future meeting.

The board did not decide on a threat assessment to help school safety during last night's meeting. They will discuss that on Thursday.

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