Royalton weighing options for sidewalk south of elementary school

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The city of Royalton is preparing to extend existing sidewalk on Driftwood Street. What has not yet been decided is which side of the street will be used for the sidewalk.

The current sidewalk runs along the west side of Driftwood along the school and beside the new parking lot. As part of the Safe Routes to School plan, the city would like to have a paved path from the school to Centre Street.

Mayor Andrea Lauer described the proposed project in her report to the Royalton School Board, Monday.

Board Member Tom Justin asked whether the sidewalk would be placed on the west side, extending the existing sidewalk in a straight line to Centre Street.

“The plan calls for the sidewalk to be on the east side, but the location is still to be determined,” Lauer said.

Although the city’s grant application for Safe Routes to School funding was denied, it will reapply.

Justin suggested that a pedestrian study be done to map walking traffic to and from the school.

The Board expressed its preference that the sidewalk be installed on the west side of Driftwood, so that students walking home would not have to cross the street right where busses load and parents pick up students.

The sidewalk issue will be on the agenda at the next City Council meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the city complex.

Royalton School Board Briefs

Other business that came before the Royalton School Board included:

• Accepting resignations from paraprofessionals Laurie Larsen, Robyn Young, Carmen Zehr and Jennifer Supan;

• Approving the hiring of Gaylene Witucki, bus driver; Tom Lippert, bus driver; Rebecca Pikarek, elementary assistant secretary; Carol Stumpf-Witucki, long-term substitute teacher; Holly Psyck, part-time Title I paraprofessional (para); Lisa Tasto, Title I para; Ashley Olson, morning and afternoon program (MAP) assistant teacher; Bryce Jensen, MAP assistant teacher; Myra Jensen, MAP supervisor and April Burton, special ecucation para;

• Approving the volunteer coach roster of Greg Cimenski, football; Katie Opatz, cross country; John Walburn, elemenary football; Scott Harren, ,elementary football; and

• Accepting a donation of $2,000 from the Royalton PTO for elementary student field trips.

The Truth in Taxation hearing will be held Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

The next Royalton School Board meeting will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at the high school