The City of Ithaca and Ithaca City School District are working together to make it safer for students to get to school.
The city and school district recently received a Safe Routes to School Grant from the state Department of Transportation. The award of $297,950 will be used to make infrastructure improvements for walking and biking to three ICSD schools — Boynton Middle, Fall Creek Elementary and Beverly J. Martin Elementary. The funding also will cover the development of non-infrastructure improvements aimed at engaging students in educational activities about walking and biking to school.
Margaret Boice, assistant superintendent for business services, told the Board of Education at its Jan. 8 meeting that the district found out about the ability to apply for a Safe Routes to School grant last June around the time when a group of Ithaca High School students gave presentations on issues surrounding safety getting to the high school.
“It just seemed to meld well, so I made contact with the city officials and they had done it before, so they were quite excited to do it,” said Boice.