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Safety Improvements Coming Soon to 24 Columbus City Schools

Traffic Sign Flasher at School

September 22, 2020 -- Eighteen CCS elementary, middle and high schools will receive upgrades to their current school zone flashing beacons: the electronic roadway signs that alert drivers during certain times of the day that they are entering a school zone and need to slow down. The project will also replace current flashing beacons with brand new ones at six CCS schools.

Columbus City Council approved spending over a half a million dollars for the school zone flashing beacon project at this week's Council meeting.

Here is the list of CCS schools that will receive complete system upgrades:

  • Avalon Elementary School
  • Beechcroft High School
  • Cedarwood Elementary
  • Centennial High School
  • Champion Middle School
  • Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls
  • East Columbus Elementary School
  • Eastgate Elementary School
  • Gables Elementary School
  • Linden McKinley High School
  • Mifflin High School
  • Northgate Intermediate School
  • Northland High School
  • Oakland Park Elementary School
  • Parsons Elementary School
  • Salem Elementary School
  • South High School
  • West High School

The six schools receiving new flashing beacon replacements are: 

  • Africentric Early College K12
  • Dominion Middle School
  • Siebert Elementary School
  • Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy
  • Woodward Park at Walden
  • Columbus Gifted Academy 

The principal at one CCS elementary school said that two beacons on a nearby busy city street will be upgraded.

"We have between 70 and 80 students crossing that street near the school entrance both in the morning and afternoon. Hopefully the new and improved flashing signs will alert drivers to slow down,” said Jaime Spreen, Principal of East Columbus Elementary School.

Even though the Columbus school year started earlier this month completely remote and virtual, students and teachers are expected to return to the classroom as soon as it is safe to do so. That’s why investing in these safety enhancements for elementary, middle and high school students and their families is so important. 

Improving pedestrian safety is also part of the City’s “Vision Zero Columbus.” The goal of that program is to eliminate crash-related fatalities and serious injuries on city streets.

The work to upgrade current beacons will begin first, followed by installation of the new flashing beacons. All of the safety enhancements are expected to be completed within a year.