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Student safety to be discussed at open house

The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is taking a formal approach to address pedestrian traffic concerns around King George VI Public School in Sarnia.

A School Traffic Open House will be held in the gymnasium on November 29 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Representatives from AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, will give a presentation about student pedestrian traffic on Colborne Road and O'Dell Street.

LKDSB Associate Director of Corporate Services Brian McKay said discussions will relate to recommendations the school board plans to take to the City of Sarnia.

"In particular, recommendation number one will be for the installation of a sidewalk along O'Dell Street that runs from Colborne, all the way into the school," he said. "The purpose behind that is to address safe walking conditions for our students."  

McKay said there have been concerns about "near misses" involving students.

"The student council and the school had approached the City of Sarnia, I believe it was last year, for some improvements to the traffic in that area," McKay said. "What we did not do at the time was engage with a consultant to do a more formal study of the traffic conditions in the area so this is our move to formalize the process."

McKay said it's unknown when the board will again approach city officials. For the time being, the board is looking to gather public input, especially from those who live in the area.

"After our November 29th meeting, at that point, we'll work with city staff just to see when the potential presentation or recommendations can be made to Sarnia City Council," McKay said.

Those planning to attend the open house do not need to pre-register.

The presentation that will be shown at the public meeting will be posted to the school's website for people to review prior to the open house. 

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