Taft Elementary School Improvements
TAYLOR PHILLIPS
The City of You Street Team

Tuesday, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC), the City of Youngstown, the Youngstown City School District, the Taft School Area Block Watch, and the Taft Promise Neighborhood coalition held a ribbon cutting at Taft Elementary to commemorate the infrastructure improvements near the school grounds. Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Youngstown City School CEO Krish Mohip, and YNDC Executive Director Ian Beniston were a few of many that had the honor of celebrating the improvements.

The improvements, including new sidewalks, curb ramps and a bicycle rack, were funded by a grant to the City of Youngstown from the Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. The City was awarded $200,000 in to assist with these improvements.

The improvements are part of the Safe Routes to School program, which seeks to build safer environments and encourage more students to walk and bicycle to school. Taft Elementary School was selected because it has the highest percentage of students who walk to school of any school in the district. Funding has been secured for similar improvements around Harding, Williamson, and McGuffey Elementary Schools.

Taft Elementary School students will be able to utilize the improvements when the Youngstown City School District starts the new school year on Sept. 5th.  

 

To read more about the YNDC’s mission and other projects visit www.yndc.org and visit http://www.youngstowncityschools.org/ to learn more about improvements, events, programs, and other collaboration projects YCS has completed/will be implementing in the 2017-2018 school year.