Parents upset over signs near school

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 12/13/2012 10:02 am Published: 12/12/2012 10:52 pm

Typically, the PTSA President's responsibilities don't extend beyond the classroom, but the past couple of months have called for a little more from Joelle McBride.

A stretch of 71st between Memorial and Sheridan makes her cringe most days.

"This is very scary,” said McBride.

She considers it especially scary since there aren't any flashing lights warning drivers about kids who could be crossing the street.

“The speed limit is 45 and you have people who are in a hurry,” said McBride.

Over the phone, city officials told FOX23 they were upgrading the signs. Parents at Thoreau Demonstration Academy received warning before those signs were pulled.

The new sign will display two lights, and the speed is always visible.

Parents said they're not unhappy about the upgrade, just the timing. In fact, their signs were replaced this week. It had been down since fall break.

"This is an extremely frustrating situation for us,” said McBride.

McBride amassed an arsenal of complaints from parents through email, and conversation, that led to a meeting with the City of Tulsa’s engineering department, last month.

"Sometimes you get things done that way. The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” said parent Lisa Killingsworth.

Lights on the signs don’t work yet. Parents are waiting on PSO to fix it.

If you need signs in your neighborhood, call Customer Care at (918) 596-2100.

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resting - 1/2/2013 8:27 AM
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"Sometimes you get things done that way. The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” And sometimes the squeaky wheel gets fired and later sued.

Mayor Maynot - 12/13/2012 10:49 AM
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Wiggler You gotta be careful with volunteers. Background checks certification waivers that omit the schools from responsibility if there are injuries ;-) the whole nine yards of red tape just to make sure anybody would be qualified to aid another in street crossing. Used to be student crossing guards in elementary school.

wiggler71 - 12/13/2012 10:12 AM
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I agree that there should be lights and signs and that possibly the signs should not have been removed until new ones were ready. However, I also agree with mustangdriver. How many of those people complaining volunteer to assist with crossing? Any be careful with the "squeeky wheel" comment. Sometimes that just turns into "the little boy who called wolf".

mustangdriver - 12/13/2012 9:30 AM
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People get their panties in a bunch so easy these days. How about helping with a solution instead of calling and complaining? Society is filling up with finger pointers these days.
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