Houghton Public Schools working on implementing a "Safe Routes to School" program

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Houghton Public Schools teamed up with the City of Houghton and Michigan Tech to find safe alternatives to riding the bus.

The public school district is in the process of developing a "Safe Routes to School" program. The program would be focused on giving student’s better options and safety when it comes to walking or riding a bike to school.

Monday night a meeting was held at the middle school library to gain opinions on how to implement the program within the district.

"It could be a variety of things and at this point we're in the planning stage. We have a couple of educators from Michigan Tech who are helping us with the data analysis and the collection of data, and the students in their classes are breaking it down as well," said Julie Filpus, Principal of Houghton Middle School.

The meeting had presentations from a few individuals on the subject, and then the group opened the floor for comments from parents and the community.

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