Walker Elementary’s parking raises parent’s, principal’s concern

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Don Hennerberg, standing near Walker Elementary School, holds a sign that reads "Children Walking.” Several parents picking up children after dismissal park their vehicles on an easement in front of Hennerberg's house, across the school from Stillwell Boulvard.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 13:18 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Don Hennerberg and Walker Elementary School principal Jeanine Kirkland are concerned about neighborhood children’s safety.

Several parents picking up children after dismissal are parking their vehicles on an easement in front of Hennerberg's house, across the school from Stillwell Boulvard — and that’s a hazard, he said.

"The cars get so packed in there that kids can't walk by there safely," Hennerberg said. "It's getting so unorganized that somebody might get hurt."

Additionally, parked vehicles have forced neighborhood children to walk through Hennerberg’s yard, and some motorists have left trash behind, he said.

Hennerberg, who has three children attending the school, put up homemade signs to deter parking. He received mixed reactions prior to the signs’ removal at county officials’ request.

"We got compliments from parents and neighbors," he said. "On the other hand, we have gotten a lot of flak from the people who wanted to park there."

Parents’ parking on the easement is puzzling because the school has ample space, Kirkland said.



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