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Killdeer Neighborhood Concerned After Being Cut Off From Bus Route

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A bus route in one school district is not starting out smoothly this school year.

They move traffic North and South, East and West.

They're always this busy.

"I can't tell you how many accidents I have witnessed on this round-about," says Judy Newbold/ Killdeer resident.

"Just southeast of this intersection lives about a dozen kids who have to find a new way to get to school.

Because the bus they used to take isn't coming.

"That's just absurd to me," says Newbold.

Their new path to school takes them across Highway 200.

"I'm not going to let my kids cross these two highways. There's no sidewalks, no crosswalks. And I'm concerned for our community and for our children's safety."

Killdeer busses rural kids, but city kids don't get bus service.

"I'm upset about it, I'm irate, it's not right," says Brad Petry, resident.

"We have never offered in town or in city busing for any of our residents of Killdeer. So we said, you know, we hate to do this, but in fairness and to provide equity across the board, we have to make a decision here and probably not provide bussing there anymore," says Gary Wilz/ Killdeer School Superintendent.

It's a new problem because the neighborhood was recently annexed by the city.

"I found out about this in a letter I got two weeks before school started," says Brad.

School Superintendent Gary Wilz knows it's a problem.

"The city of Killdeer is larger than it was a few years ago so we we're looking into that, but we don't have the perfect answer yet," says Wilz.

Wilz says he's looking at solutions.

He's talking to the school board and the mayor, and he plans to invite the DOT into the conversation.

"As this area has evolved, I think the policies and the way we do business must evolve as well," says Wilz.

On the first day of school, Brad Petry drove his son.

He says he took the day off of work to do it.

"I'm out the door at 7:00 and I don't get home until 6:30 or 7:00 in the evening," says Petry.

Day two, he's not sure what he'll do to help his 13 year old son cross this highway and make his way to school.

The Killdeer police chief says between 11,000 and 14,000 vehicles pass the route the kids will be taking every day.

Many of them trucks.
 

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