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Traffic Jam Around School

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In a growing population, more students has meant more traffic.

The additional traffic has been a problem for one area school, causing traffic jams during drop offs and pick ups.

In spring of 2011, Sunnyside elementary had 220 students.

Now, in the fall of 2013, the school has grown to 360.

With these growing numbers, Sunnyside got permission from the city to hand out flyers to parents asking them to drive east to west on this road from 8 to 9 am, and 2:30 to 3:30 pm when dropping off and picking up students.

There is no parking for staff in the parking lot, so about 60 staff members are parked on the side of a residential road.

This too has caused extra congestion.

The principal says cooperation is key to finding a solution, especially as the winter months approach.

(Cindy Cook, Sunnyside Principal) "If parents would remember to use the one-way and slow down at the end of the day, that would keep things better. And when the snow comes, it only adds to the problem because the streets get narrower."

The Minot Public Schools Special Election will be held December 10th to approve a bond issue for 125 million dollars for construction and other renovations

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