Baghdanian presented the city’s latest plan at Tuesday’s joint meeting of the council and the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, where officials also discussed the future of school and city joint-use projects, including replacing two tennis courts at the Adult Recreation Center, as well as a possible new soccer field at Columbus Elementary School.
The traffic safety proposals will affect about 4,000 students who attend classes at Toll, Hoover High School and Keppel Elementary School, which are all along the same two-block stretch of Glenwood.
The median, which would be 4 feet wide, would help reduce the distance that students spend crossing the street and would help prevent jaywalking, Baghdanian said.
“We’re trying to force everybody to go to the crosswalks that are at the intersections,” said Baghdanian, adding that the district was hoping to add five permanent crossing guards to the three-school area, which includes one that has been working at the crosswalk in front of Toll since the accident.
There was no crossing guard there Oct. 29, although the city had allocated nine crossing guards to other points in the area.
All of the changes will add to safety measures made after the death of a Hoover student in 2000, who was stabbed in a gang-related incident that involved cruising. The city then added sidewalk bump-outs, a mid-block crosswalk with flashing lights, one-way streets and limited right, left and U-turn access to certain areas, Baghdanian said.
The new changes would help to further transform the area so that drivers become more aware of the environment, Baghdanian said.