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School Board Reviews Opportunity To Improve Community Infrastructure

By Joseph Schany - | Feb 23, 2021

by Joseph Schany

The Emmetsburg Community School District Board of Education discussed ideas to improve community transportation during Wednesday night’s meeting at the high school library.

Julia Badenhope, an Iowa State University faculty member and community planner/designer who works with the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program, presented information on a survey she developed to help empower students with improving community transportation systems. The survey, aimed at 9th and 12th grade students, helps determine students’ experiences, needs, and wants when it comes to the pursuit of infrastructure projects.

“One of the important principles that guides our work is getting actual information and situated information to guide our decision-making,” said Badenhope. “We actually calibrate our design and planning proposals to meet real needs.”

Added Badenhope, “One of the most important things we do as a program is we gather information about user needs in your community and then we work with private sector designers to propose solutions, whether that’s connections, amenities, or things that can improve performance.”

Badenhope explained that 9th and 12th grade students have unique perspectives, with the split often separating new drivers and those not yet on the road.

According to Badenhope, should the district decide to pursue the survey, packets will be sent home with students and all surveys will be returned directly to Iowa State University.

Read the full article in The Reporter.