Sometimes our worst fears never materialize into reality.
That was the pleasant scenario that unfolded Tuesday when Forestview Middle School opened its doors to 2,100 students and, in some cases, their parents, who drove them to school.
It was the building's first day as the school-year home to fifth- through eighth-graders. A year ago when the building admitted 1,400 students from Washington Middle School and Mississippi Horizons there were long lines of traffic on Crow Wing County Road 48 and Highland Scenic Drive. Much of the congestion in 2004, school officials reasoned, was because too many well-meaning parents dropped their children off individually rather than using the school's bus system.
This year, after repeated calls for parents to either carpool or send their children by bus, traffic was about as smooth as anyone could ask for. Credit goes to the school administration for driving home the message that use of the district's transportation system brings about the smoothest results. Memories of last year's traffic snarls no doubt, convinced parents that driving one or two kids per car to Forestview was a recipe for traffic gridlock.
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