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Bussing not an option for most students at new west side school

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Monday night, Sioux City Community School leaders unveiled the site plan for a combined elementary school on the west side.  Missing on the map the actual replacement school for Roosevelt and Emerson.  School officials will meet with three local architects next week to go over blueprints.

They hope to save on design fees by re-using an existing school's floor plans.

The district will also save money by limiting bus service. They're not required to provide transportation, because students will all live within two miles of the school.

Some parents say that's still too far, and believe the district is shifting the burden on parents by making them drive their students to school.

"The combined school is a further distance from somebody than it was before and so there will be students who have to walk a little further than they do today.  It really befalls on the parents to work with their children as well to make the right decisions about making this happen," said Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman.

He says more crosswalks, sidewalks, and signals will be required to get kids to school safe.  However, neighbors are worried about traffic.

"We have a lot of traffic now, with the other two high school and middle school.  We're just concerned about the grade school impacting that also," said neighbor Cindy Johnson.

Construction at 19th and Cassleman is scheduled to start in spring of 2012.  It'll take two years to build.

Reporter: Kristen Johnson

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