OVILLA — Safety was on the minds of the Ovilla City Council Monday night, as the group approved the installation of school zone flashers for Dolores McClatchey Elementary School.
The school opened its doors for the first time this past year to students. According to the school’s website, it had a projected enrollment of 530 students and features a cafetorium, gymnasium, teacher, student collaboration areas and 52 classrooms
Presenting the request to the council was Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter. Ledbetter asked the board to share a portion of the cost and installation of the school zone flashers.
“We come to you tonight requesting a partnership in the installation of our safety lights. This current year we did it with just the signs. As things became busier with growth, homes being built and students walking to school, we feel that it is necessary especially after monitoring this year to put flashers in. We have those at all of our schools in Midlothian ISD and we would love to put them in at McClatchey,” Ledbetter said. “We believe from a safety standpoint that we need those. We have had calls from residents requesting that we put them in. I am seeking input from you on how to move forward on this but also would want to partner with you in this.”
Ledbetter told the council the district wants to install four of these signs. Two of the flashing signs would be within the Ovilla City limits and the other two would be in Ellis County’s jurisdiction. The signs would have a cost of $7,000 -$8,000, each. A solar panel would power…
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