Brothers Charlie and Thomas Sturdivant, 9 and 8, often walk to and from Ginnings Elementary School in their Denton neighborhood.
But the lack of sidewalks along busy Stuart Road often make what should be a straightforward route became far more circuitous that it otherwise would need to be.
“Kids try to avoid this place,” said big brother Charlie Sturdivant, a third grader at Ginnings, about the prospect of walking along Stuart. “They would just rather go the other way because it’s dangerous here.”
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Both the city of Denton and the Denton Independent School District appear to agree.
Last week, the Denton ISD school board unanimously approved a resolution in support of a city grant proposal that could bring sidewalks to two local schools, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.
The paper noted that in February the city submitted a proposal to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for a share of federal Safe Route to School funding that could fund sidewalk installation along Stuart Road near Ginnings and along Audra and Mulkey lanes near Lee Elementary.
Stephanie Garza is a mother of two students who attend Ginnings Elementary.
“They get scared walking on this road,” Garza said, referring to Stuart. “They take another way [to school] because there are no sidewalks and it’s dangerous.”