Walk to school in Marlboro, a hazardous proposition
Editor of the Reformer:
Marlboro School will participate in National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 4, by walking, as an entire school, to the Marlboro Post Office at 11:30 a.m.
By walking along Route 9 and down South Road (with an escort by the Windham County Sheriff's Department, we hope to call attention to the challenges our school and students face because of our location on Route 9 where the speed limit is 50 mph and the entrance to the school coincides with the end of the westbound passing lane.
We are inviting Rep. Emily Long, Sen. Becca Balint and Rep. Mollie Burke to the event. Rep. Long and Sen. Balint attended the Marlboro Town Meeting where they heard about this concern from a number of the attenders. Rep. Burke is on the Transportation Committee and is also aware of the unsafe situation. In addition we have invited Matt Mann of the Windham Regional Commission to walk with us on May 4.
The town of Marlboro and the Marlboro School are pursuing our concerns about the unsafe situation on Route 9 through the Agency of Transportation. We have had a number of written and verbal exchanges and site visits. As a result of these we are doing what we can on our end to improve safety. These measures include cutting back of brush that impedes visibility of the school from Route 9, improving signage, and requesting new flashing lights. We have also enrolled in the AOT's Safe Routes to School program.
Our goal is to have the speed limit reduced to 40 mph during arrival and dismissal times. We have observed that this measure has been put into effect at the Woodford School on Route 9 and also at Otter Valley Union High School on Route 7.
We appreciate all efforts by state agencies, legislators, and community members on behalf of the students, staff, and parents Marlboro School.
Francie Marbury, Principal, Marlboro School, May 1