ISD 728 Awarded Safe Routes to School Grant
ISD 728 was recently awarded the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Planning Assistance Grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) . The district applied for the grant in partnership with the SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership) through Sherburne County Health and Human Services.
The focus of this planning and work will focus on SRTS for all three Zimmerman schools (Zimmerman Middle/High School, Zimmerman Elementary and Westwood Elementary) that are located adjacent to County Road 4, which is a high speed, high traffic road with limited pedestrian safety features.
MnDOT’s planning assistance grant provides planning expertise and plan development support to schools. More specifically, planning assistance will be provided by a MnDOT consultant: Alta Planning and Design. The plans will be completed in partnership with a local Safe Routes to School team, which will be the point of contact for local input, information and creation of an implementation plan. Although the tasks and timeline may be subject to change, we expect to be contacted by Alta in late April/ early May 2018 and anticipate the District and its partners will be wrapping up the planning process by June 2019. The grant is for planning assistance only, however it will allow ISD 728 to apply for future funding through MnDOT's SRTS Infrastructure Grant.
ISD 728 is excited for the opportunity to help create a more walk-able and bike-able community, said Rachel Hilyar, the Assistant Director Prevention, Safety and Grants.