Along with many other parents and voters in the Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools district, I have grown very frustrated with the progress on both the new elementary school as well as the options presented to the school board to redraw the school boundaries in our community.
In both cases, our community is speaking up about the impacts to traffic that have not been studied and considered. The cities need to be working closely with the district to work out the best solutions. Residents potentially displaced in options B1 and C1 agree that the location of the new school perhaps is not optimal.
Option C1 redirects a neighborhood directly across the street from from a school (Jeffers Pond) be redirected to one 4 miles away (Westwood). This option will undoubtedly drive significant additional traffic through downtown daily, and the impacts have not carefully been considered or presented to the board.
The board needs to pause the vote scheduled for May 6 for the new K-5 school boundaries until the new school delays are sorted through and they've gotten adequate information about the traffic impacts (not just bus routes). They need this before they vote on an important decision that impacts us all.