Controversial Lindbergh Traffic Plan Passes Unanimously
School buses for Long Elementary School will now travel through the Doercrest Manor subdivision for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a new traffic plan for Long Elementary School at Tuesday's board meeting.
The plan drew criticism from residents in the Doercrest Manor subdivision, where school bus traffic will now be directed before and after school. Residents gathered more than 150 signatures on a petition asking the school board to find a new solution for traffic at Long.
The newly approved traffic set-up should ease the flow of morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off at Long, which Superintendent Jim Simpson and Long Principal Jana Parker have both called a "ballet dance," carefully choreographing movements from students, parents, cars and buses to get kids to school safely.
"The current balancing act of buses, automobiles, kids and adults exiting Long onto Sappington at the same time is just too delicate," said David Reinhardt, the first person to speak in favor of the plan Tuesday night. "Let's make things safer and easier for everyone."
Frank Ruzicka, a Doercrest Manor resident who worked actively for an alternate traffic plan, asked the board not to approve sending school buses through his neighborhood until police and planners could weigh in on its safety.
"More facts need to be gathered, more information needs to be reviewed," Ruzicka said. "The lives and well being of children are at risk."