Robertsville Middle School Safe Routes to School Project Meeting

Taken from the Oak Ridge Observer website: When: Thu, August 12, 1am – 2amWhere: City Central Services Complex - 100 Woodbury RoadDescription: The City Public Works Department will conduct a public meeting for citizens to review and provide comments on preliminary plans for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for Robertsville Middle School. In 2008, the City … Continue reading Robertsville Middle School Safe Routes to School Project Meeting

Screwing Over the Poor and Disabled Kids

So, here’s what happened. For whatever reason, the school administration has been hell bent on cutting the a.m. transportation to the preschool (our head start program that services the most disadvantaged children in our community). When they tried it last year, as I discussed here, they claimed that it was to increase instructional time. The … Continue reading Screwing Over the Poor and Disabled Kids

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Takes Action

While the wailing and gnashing of teeth continues over the RLCs, there are some people focused on moving forward with the real work of protecting pedestrians and bicyclists alike.According to this article, members of the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee held a forum this week to discuss "ensuring safety for all who want to bicycle or … Continue reading Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Takes Action

A Not-so-Quick Update on Proposed Transportation Cuts

On April 20th, the ORSB passed their FY2010 budget. Of major note, they eliminated the originally proposed cuts of 6 TAs and transportation for a.m. preschool riders and the alternative school students. We actively pursued these reinstatements as discussed here and here and here. These were major victories for our children and our schools, but … Continue reading A Not-so-Quick Update on Proposed Transportation Cuts

Robertsville/Illinois Crossing Guard Status

FYI. I'll post updates as responses are received. From: Trina baughn Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 14:45Subject: Crossing Guard Status @ RMSChief Beams,I have not seen a crossing guard at the Robertsville/Illinois intersection for weeks now. This intersection remains heavily trafficked by both high school and middle school students from what I understand. Can you … Continue reading Robertsville/Illinois Crossing Guard Status

Free DNA LifePrint Child Safety Event in Oak Ridge March 28th

This is a John Walsh sponsored event that will take place on March 28th from 9:30-2:00 at Oak Ridge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Superstore @ 1005 OR Turnpike. Contact Howard Elliot at 482-7670 for further information. I would strongly advise doing so before going as there is no mention of appointments on the flyer I received.According … Continue reading Free DNA LifePrint Child Safety Event in Oak Ridge March 28th

"A Matter of Safety"

Following is the link to the article in "The Oak Ridger" about the vest donation. http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x185286155/A-matter-of-safetyWe enjoyed meeting with City Officials: Mayor Pro-temp Jane Miller, Chief Beams and Deputy Chief Massengill and the Crossing Guards who came also. We would like to express our continued gratitude to all of the Crossing Guards who serve our … Continue reading "A Matter of Safety"

New Vests Provided to Crossing Guards

Along with Mayor Pro Tem Miller, Chief Beams, and CPT Massengill, we presented new, LED lit vests to some of our crossing guards this afternoon. Thanks to all who contributed funds and special thanks to Michelle Doka for acquiring the vests and coordinating today's presentation!*****Also note that a detailed summary of potential solutions and progress … Continue reading New Vests Provided to Crossing Guards

City Council Response to HS/Civic Center Crossing Issues

At last night’s city council meeting, the city manager and council provided an update on the issues that citizens have voiced concerns about regarding the ORHS/Civic Center crosswalk. Mr. O’Connor explained that he met this past Friday with the ORSB chair, Mr. Smith and with the ORS Superintendent, Dr. Bailey. Corrective actions are as follows:1. … Continue reading City Council Response to HS/Civic Center Crossing Issues

LTEs/Gov’t Correspondence RE: High School/Civic Center Crossing

The following was submitted to the city and copied to the school board on 10-6-08 and ran in the Oak Ridger (along with another letter) on 10-15-08.All: In an effort to heighten public awareness, the following has also been submitted to the Oak Ridger. Though addressed directly to the city, any and all feedback is … Continue reading LTEs/Gov’t Correspondence RE: High School/Civic Center Crossing

Key to Retention – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated!

It is time again to let our Crossing Guards know how much we appreciate their services to Oak Ridge students. We are currently collecting baked goods, hand warmers, hot drink packets, lip balm, etc… to give to them. We are also having the students who use their services sign Thank you cards to give to … Continue reading Key to Retention – Let Them Know They Are Appreciated!

School Resumes City-Wide Tomorrow

The 2008/2009 school year in Oak Ridge fully resumes tomorrow and, thankfully, our children will have safer travels to and from school than they did just a year ago. Equal access to transportation for all students, crossing guards, better street markings and signage, and more attentive motorists will undoubtedly result in the risk reduction for … Continue reading School Resumes City-Wide Tomorrow

Safety for Oak Ridge Students (SOS) Fund

Some significant accomplishments have been made thus far, but there is still much to be done. One group of Robertsville parents is working towards hiring an independent engineer to conduct a safety survey of the Illinois Ave/OR Turnpike area to fully identify all potential dangers and to recommend improvement measures. They are hoping to raise … Continue reading Safety for Oak Ridge Students (SOS) Fund

Contact Your State Representatives Today!

Rep Hackworth and Sen. McNally (with the help of Bill Nolan and the state attorney) have worked hard to effect change for our children via the proposed legislation outlined below. If passed, these bills will have significant potential for improving the safety of not only our children, but pedestrians throughout the state of Tennessee. In … Continue reading Contact Your State Representatives Today!

Exciting Developments for February!

There have been some great developments in our town as of late. Tomorrow, 5 new crossing guards will begin working which will bring the total to 7. The new additions will be positioned at the following locations:(2) Illinois and ORTP(1) Robertsville and Illinois Ave(1) Jefferson Ave and Robertsville Rd(1) Fairbanks- for JeffersonYou'll most likely see … Continue reading Exciting Developments for February!

Proposed Solutions for Providing Equal Opportunity Access to Transportation for all City of Oak Ridge Students

The following was presented to the ORSB last night. They gave no indication of being willing to explore any transportation options until April and no desire to provide additional transportation options until next school year. Proposed Solutions for Providing Equal Opportunity Access to Transportation for all City of Oak Ridge Students By Trina Baughn January … Continue reading Proposed Solutions for Providing Equal Opportunity Access to Transportation for all City of Oak Ridge Students

Request for Progress Update from OR Schools

This is in response to my original request for a copy of a report given 3 weeks ago (see emails at the end).--------------------------------------------------------------------------------From: TrinaSent: Friday, January 25, 2008 9:00 AMTo: 'Thomas Bailey'Cc: 'agle@bellsouth.net'; 'donato60@gmail.com'; 'jrichter@utk.edu'; 'smithjrj@saic.com'; 'wkfillauer@comcast.net'; 'Karen Gagliano'; 'Ken Green'Subject: RE: Transportation ReportDr. Bailey,I attended and heard your 40 minute commentary that was a … Continue reading Request for Progress Update from OR Schools

The state is in session and our issues are being worked!

I don't have much time, but wanted to share some great news I just received from Bill Nolan (our local lobbyist). He has been working with Rep. Hackworth and the state attorney and they are introducing 2, possibly 3, pieces of legislation based on some of the brainstorming ideas listed below. If I understood correctly, … Continue reading The state is in session and our issues are being worked!

LTE: Time to Commit – Specifically, Please

I have stated numerous times that I believe protecting our children in their commute to and from school is a multi-faceted problem that will require multiple solutions. And while much can be achieved from a variety of resources, the responsibility of implementing the most effective and beneficial solutions (full reinstatement of transportation and the formalization … Continue reading LTE: Time to Commit – Specifically, Please

If I had…If they had…I shouldn’t have…They shouldn’t have…We could have…

For two days I was mad. I was mad at God. I was mad at myself. I was mad at you.It hurt so much! I just wanted to stop thinking about it. I felt selfish for wanting emotional support when others were suffering so much more. I needed the comfort of strangers almost as much … Continue reading If I had…If they had…I shouldn’t have…They shouldn’t have…We could have…

LTR to Rep Hackworth and Senator Kilby

I am writing to ask for your support in resolving one aspect of the dangerous situations that Oak Ridge children are facing daily in their walk to and from school. You can read details about the specific dangers and what efforts have been made locally at http://www.protectoakridgekids.blogspot.com. With regards to your involvement, I believe that … Continue reading LTR to Rep Hackworth and Senator Kilby

Email Correspondence with Superintendent Bailey

Most CC and BOE were included in this string-----Original Message-----From: Thomas BaileySent: Friday, August 31, 2007 9:09 PMTrina: The city staff, Principal Mike Baker and I meet Wednesday and determined that a flashing yellow warning light needs to be installed like the high school has this year. This will create a 20 mph speed limit … Continue reading Email Correspondence with Superintendent Bailey

Email Correspondence with the City Manager

Most CC and BOE members were included in this string.From: O'Connor, James Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007The School Superintendent and I have met to discuss this issue. It was decided that school flashing lights would be a good start to addressing the issue. Dr. Bailey is looking into the Schools funding the installation and the … Continue reading Email Correspondence with the City Manager

August 31, 2007 Letter to City Council and the OR School Board

As you are all aware, one of our children was struck by a car this week on his way to school at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Robertsville Road. I believe that this accident was avoidable and I am determined to see action taken to prevent any such incident from occurring again.For the past … Continue reading August 31, 2007 Letter to City Council and the OR School Board