Crossing guard added, bus route eliminated in Hutto


by Heather Kovar / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on August 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 3:07 PM

HUTTO, Texas -- In three weeks Hutto High School students will cross FM 1660 at Carl Stern Boulevard  twice every day. The speed limit here is 60-miles-per-hour.

Parent Jackie Clough doesn't think it's safe.

"It's too much. Too many cars, too high of speed, too many kids," Clough said. "It's just you have kids standing at the sidewalk, three to five feet away from cars going 60-miles-an-hour. That's if they're going the speed limit, not speeding."

Emily Grobe, spokesperson for Hutto Indepentend School District says the district is adding a crossing guard. Grobe says the street no longer qualifies as hazardous under the state and district's rating.

The high school bus route that previously served the Creekbend subdivision and portions of Glenwood was terminated.

All students in the areas two miles or closer to the high school will be designated as walkers.

"We didn't just make this decision lightly," said Grobe.

The move will save the district tens of thousands of dollars per year. Grobe says Hutto ISD is asking TX-DOT to consider lowering the speed limit there and is taking other safety measures.

"We will have extra staff and police out there the first couple weeks, so we are really looking at this more than just a dollar amount," said Grobe.