By Jasmine Franklin
Wolf Creek Public Schools is rallying support to change the current school zone times on all provincial highways.
“If everyone starts to write letters and bring the issue to the attention of the minister of Infrastructure and Transportation they will see it’s important,” said Larry Jacobs, superintendent of Wolf Creek Schools. “We are requesting this to protect children.”
The request is simple: change the allocated school zone times to a blanket 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days for all schools located on all provincial highways. Currently the times are from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.
“The current times are confusing for a lot of people,” Jacobs said. “With all the specification, not everyone is aware of the time frames and even though they are detailed on school zone signs, it’s written very small.”
But the process isn’t that simple. Since the change is being lobbied for all schools located on provincial highways, it’s not within municipal jurisdiction. All the board can do is rally and gain support to get the message across to the minister.
Charlie Cutforth, chief administrative officer of Ponoka County, is on board with the proposed speed zone time changes and will fully support the board by writing a letter to the minister.
“We absolutely support this,” Cutforth said.
In the Ponoka area, Mecca Glen and Crestomere schools are located on Highway 53. Principal Penny Mueller of Crestomere School agrees with the proposed changes.