Students at Newark High School now have a safer option getting to school.
After receiving suggestions from the community, the city of Newark and Newark High School teamed up to help fund a quarter of a mile walkway for the nearly 1,500 students at Newark High School. Mayor of Newark, Jeff Hall, says the $100,000 project wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for the joint efforts of multiple people and organizations.
"The school could not have funded that entirely and the city could not have funded that entirely so we got together in a collaborative effort. And there's about four pots of money that this is coming from, school funding to the tune of about $30,000 with some of the work and the new fence down here, which they were looking at doing anyways, we also have some community block grant dollars that we put into that and also some street funds," explained Mayor Hall.
Newark City Schools Business Manager, Dave Altepeter, says prior to the walkway being built, clusters of students had to walk in the street to get to class. Altepeter says the reaction from both students and faculty has been positive.
"Particularly from not only the students, but our faculty and staff here because you would come out and particularly at the end of the day and see lots of students as they would walk to the north, walking along the edge of the road, but now, they can walk down a path," said Altepeter.
The walkway is on school property near the sports complex.