ERIC Number: ED451681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Wait for the Bus: How Lowcountry School Site Selection and Design Deter Walking to School and Contribute to Urban Sprawl.
This paper presents a study on how the South Carolina school site selection process can affect the quality of the students' experience and access to their schools. Focusing on students options for getting to school, e.g., hazards that prevent students from walking to school and the size of school sites that place schools on the edge of communities, the study found that students are four times more likely to walk to schools built before 1983 than to those built after 1983. The reasons for these trends is the disconnect between the school site selection process and land use planning considerations. School officials and planning agencies work independently of one another. This disconnect is partly attributed to current habits of site selection that were crystallizing in the early 1970s. Recommendations are discussed. Appendices provide lists of Lowcountry schools with data, schools with hazard routes and applicable date, and school sites by decade of construction. Appendices also present the percentage above and below state requirements of K-12 schools built in different decades, the South Carolina Department of Education criteria for school site selection, conservationist land use goals, and efforts to improve site selection in other states to avoid sprawl. A list of informational sources concludes the paper. (GR)
Descriptors: Bus Transportation, Elementary Secondary Education, Neighborhood Schools, Public Schools, School Location, Site Selection, Student Transportation
"A Report Prepared for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League."
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Duke University, Durham, NC. Terry Sanford Inst. of Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina