Parents say walking to Castle Hayne Elm. is unsafe

Reported by Casey Roman - blog|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Castle Hayne Elementary celebrated their grand opening Friday with songs and a salute to the American flag.

The new facility opened to students in August and holds 1st-5th grades.

The 60 acre campus is also home to the new Holly Shelter Middle School, which is scheduled to open in August 2010.

While the new school may be finished, parent Kim Wells said the route to it is still a work in progress.

"In the morning when its 8:00 traffic time there are many cars here and it is very scary crossing," said Wells.

The school's entrance is lacking school zone signs, a cross walk, or a crossing guard.  Some parents say that getting to school seems to be at your own risk.

"I'm afraid to cross this road myself and the idea of her [daughter] doing it herself scares me to death," said Wells.

There are no sidewalks into Castle Hayne Elementary and the school is located just off of Highway 40.

"All these children have busing available to them, so they have transportation to school," said principal Margaret Dickens. "They would just like to walk and bike."

Some parents say walking or biking to school makes more sense.

"If she catches the bus she has to get on an hour early but she can walk to school in five minutes," said Wells.

To get approval for a cross walk or guard, Principal Dickens said parents must ask the county, because it's their land and money.

According to Dickens, the intersection was approved by the DOT, and the school board considered children who walked, but decided buses were the best way to travel.

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