School district reports up to 10 percent increase at several sites
Student enrollments in Yukon Public Schools increased a sizeable amount over last year with some sites showing growth rates approaching 10 percent.
First day enrollments district-wide totaled 8,541, an increase of 379 (4.6 percent) students over the 2015-16 school year. Nine sites saw an increase in their student counts while only two showed decreases. Those were Shedeck Elementary with 28 fewer students and Skyview Elementary with 19 less than last year.
Yukon Middle School showed the highest increase in enrollments at 119 with Yukon High School second highest at 106 new students. Percentage wise, Surrey Hills showed the highest increase in growth at 9.5 percent, while Lakeview Elementary experienced a growth in student population of 8.9 percent.
Flashing lights back on in school zones
Drivers should be aware of the flashing yellow lights indicating when school zone speed limits are active, especially during the first part of the school year.
The logistics of parents getting their youngsters to school and home safely takes some repetition before parents become accustomed to their new routine now that school is in session.
“Parents have different drop-off points and different routes to get to the campuses,” said Yukon Police Chief John Corn, adding that schools have done a “great job of putting a lot of that information out during enrollment nights.”
He wants all motorists to realize the amount of pedestrian traffic that’s going to increase and the number of youngsters riding their bikes or walking to school and back.
Several school sites that have a high traffic volume employ a digital speed display showing motorists how fast they are traveling as well as the flashing amber lights at the beginning of each school zone.
“I think that has helped people think about their speed having that display which gives immediate feedback on how fast they’re traveling,” Corn said.
He said Yukon police will be out in force, monitoring speeds in school zones as the new school year unfolds.
“There will be an increased police presence during the times the school zones are active” Corn said. “We want the kids to get to school safely so we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it’s a safe trip to and from school.”