City, school district to conduct study on possible new school zone

Parents and students at one Corpus Christi high school wondered why there was no school zone to protect them, so they came to 3News with their concerns. Now the City and school district are going to do a study to see if a school zone is warranted.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Parents and students at one Corpus Christi high school wondered why there was no school zone to protect them, so they came to 3News with their concerns. Now the City and school district are going to do a study to see if a school zone is warranted.
 
The school in question is Harold T. Branch Academy for Career and Technical Education. The school opened back in 2013 and is located along Morgan Avenue, one of the busiest roadways in town.
 
Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson looked into the issue and found out why many are concerned about the safety of students crossing that busy four-lane street.
 
Arik Villarreal is a junior at Harold T. Branch Academy. He walks to and from school every day. He made it across that busy street just fine Friday morning, but not all drivers were slowing down or willing to stop.
 
Branch Academy has 225 students on campus. Many are picked up by their parents, with a line of vehicles to pick them up stretching out onto Morgan Avenue. Some of the kids go ahead and get out on the road to get in their parents' cars while others take their chances crossing Morgan.
 
Both the Corpus Christi Independent School District and City of Corpus Christi agreed that a pedestrian traffic study should be done to address the issue. They will then compare their findings and decide whether to put in a school zone or let the students make it across Morgan the best way they can.


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