Site May Affect Traffic

1 decade 2 months 5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2007 Oct 11, 2007 Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:15:28 AM CDT October 11, 2007 in News

A winding section of St. Charles Road might see much more traffic soon -- high school traffic.

This is now the most likely site for Columbia's new high school. The high school site evaluation committee rated features of six properties Tuesday night.

"They had a rating range of one point for not suitable at all, to 7 points," Lynn Barnett of Columbia Public Schools said. "Which would be the highest, which would be highly suitable."

The St. Charles property ranked highest among the six contenders with 126 points, making it the most likely site for a new high school.

Tracey Hogan has three kids, one who is in Hickman High School and another who will attend next year. The high school is more than five miles from their home.

"I don't like the distance they have to drive, and what time they have to get up for the bus to get to school in the morning," Hogan said. 

Hogan's house is less than a mile from the St. Charles property. She likes the proximity, but is worried about the road itself.

"It gets very dangerous, and those kids don't know how to drive," she said. "I know, I have two of them."

The committee will present its ratings to the school board in november.

The committee ranked the Bass property second and Godas property third.

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