Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
The Denton Independent School District is coming up with a plan to create and improve sidewalks near two of its elementary school in hopes of making the walk to school safer.
Denton ISD wants to make a safer commute for kids who walk or ride their bikes to school.
The school district is working with the City of Denton and The North Central Texas Council of Governments to come up with a plan to create and improve sidewalks near Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and Pecan Creek Elementary School.
Families in the neighborhoods around these schools said the changes are needed, especially during pick-up and drop-off times.
"We do have a really high population of kids that walk to school," Denton resident Mary Michaud said. "It makes me nervous, especially with the children that walk by themselves, because it is a little more dangerous and it is a very busy area around the school."
Rod Reeves works for Denton ISD and said the district understands the importance of a safe commute. He said the project is expected to cost around $500,000. NCTCOG would fund 80-percent if the city and school district agree to fund 20-percent.
"I think it's always time to look at ways to have better routes to schools. We want it sooner rather than later," Reeves said.
If funding for the project goes through, construction on the sidewalks would begin in 2014.