October 4, 2016
On September 22, we hosted the Norte Traffic Town Hall with parents, community members and District staff in attendance. During the meeting, our Director of Transportation, Eric Nethercutt, reviewed the current situation and three possible alternative options to alleviate some of the traffic concerns.
All three options call for moving the parent walk-up from the East to the West side of the school with students entering school property near the MPR. We will be implementing a new Family Walk-up option on Tuesday, October 11 as we return from Fall Break.
You can review the presentation from last month along with maps of all three options below. We are now in the process of reviewing results of the survey. Once we have evaluated the change in the parent walk-up location starting October 11, we will hold another Town Hall to review next steps.
In the meantime, there are several concerns brought up that can be addressed immediately.
• Drivers must follow traffic laws governing speed limits, crosswalks and parking. We are seeing violations daily.
• It is illegal, not to mention inconsiderate, to block a resident’s driveway. We must be good neighbors.
• Drivers must bring patience and courtesy with them each day.
• Be a role model for your children. It has come to our attention that the actions and words used by some of our families are clearly not the actions and words we want our students to model.
Each day, I will personally be monitoring for instances of illegal or inappropriate behavior. For those vehicles that are breaking the law, you will receive a paper warning from me. If these behaviors continue, we will work with the Tempe Police Department to begin issuing tickets for speeding and parking violations.
Kyrene Superintendent Dr. Jan Vesely, who was present at the Community Meeting, expresses her sincere regret to the Norte families and neighboring community for the disruption caused by the traffic situation. She is committed to working with all of us on finding reasonable solutions that address the concerns expressed by both parents and residents.
Until that time, I again urge you to use patience and good manners when you drop off and pick up your children at Kyrene del Norte.
Kyrene del Norte Principal