Greetings from Thurston High School,
The 2014 school year is underway and Thurston High School has made tremendous strides to strengthen our role as an educational leader in our area while we’ve been improving our facilities’ capacity. Our gymnasium siding and façade has been redone, we’ve moved our Child Development Center across the street, along with its beautiful playground, and we’ve cleaned and updated several areas of campus; however, student safety remains a concern.
The City of Springfield has allocated $60,000 for a lighted crosswalk across A Street on 58th, just south of the site of the memorial grounds (please see attached map). This crosswalk will help provide a safe route to the west side of 58th, as many students are walking home and to local businesses and bus stops on Main Street.
Thurston High School is proposing a Memorial Sidewalk from our South lot to the existing sidewalk on the Memorial Site for these reasons:
- A new Memorial Sidewalk would give students a direct walkway to the new $60,000, City of Springfield funded, crosswalk across 58th Street at A Street.
- A new Memorial Sidewalk would be funded by donations- one of the larger donations is from the Senior Class of 2014.
- A new Memorial Sidewalk would honor the existing memorial site.
- A new Memorial Sidewalk would improve the safety of students walking to and from the THS campus.
To provide safe passage for our students from THS to the new crosswalk site, we are proposing several changes to the pedestrian patterns at, or near, the south gate near the Memorial Site.
Proposed changes include (please see attached map):
- A new Continental Crosswalk painted from the South West entry/exit of THS directly to the Memorial Site.
- A new gate created for pedestrian traffic that can be locked/unlocked at the southern end of the Continental Crosswalk across the South Parking Lot.
- A new Continental Crosswalk painted across A Street on the east side of 58th.
- A new Memorial Sidewalk that guides students to the new, lighted crosswalk built across 58th Street on the south side of A Street.
We are seeking your input, advice, and guidance as we look to improve student safety at THS. Knowing the Memorial Site is a sacred space for reflection, our goal is to improve student safety with a Memorial Sidewalk that adds to the site’s beauty and has been agreed upon by the community.
Please reach out to Yvonne Atteberry (541-954-6859, email@example.com), and/or THS Principal Chad R. Towe at Thurston High School (541-744-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss these proposed improvements. Your voice is an important part of insuring that the changes to Thurston High School and the Memorial Site are done with the best wishes of our community.
Please contact us directly with questions and concerns; I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
All the best from THS,
Chad R. Towe, Ed.D. Principal, Thurston High School