Effort renewed for traffic light
Douglas High School Principal Charlie Condron and a committee of parents are pushing for installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 88 and County Road.
“It’s (the intersection) extremely dangerous, because you have the youngest possible drivers, and the rest are impatient drivers – and they’re all trying to get out at once without a light,” he said.
Condron told parents Wednesday that he witnessed a lunchtime accident at the intersection in September, shortly after taking over at DHS.
“I’ve asked the Town of Minden about it, and they have already set aside $50,000 for a light there, and I’m told the swim center and office buildings there have also dedicated funds … there’s a total of $100,000 available, so we have plenty of support out there besides just DHS parents.”
Condron said the estimated cost for the stoplight is around $200,000. The Nevada Department of Transportation previously turned down a request for the signal, he said, reporting that there are not enough accidents or fatalities at that site to warrant a light.
“We’d just like to move this along ahead of a fatality,” Condron said.
Parents can send letters or e-mail (www.nevadadot.com) to NDOT, contact politicians and service clubs for help, sponsor an educational night, get school bus drivers involved and organize a committee, which was formed Wednesday.
Frederick M. Droes, NDOT head of Traffic and Safety Engineering, said “the chairman of the Minden Town Board asked for another warrant analysis (of the intersection) in October. We are trying to have one completed around the first of the year. Results of the study will dictate what is done next.”
Barring stoplight approval from NDOT, Condron said alternatives could be a four-way stop or restructuring the high school parking lot.
For information, or to join the committee, call Condron or Vice-Principal Tom Morgan at 782-5136.
Douglas High School Counselor, Sandy Bandy-Nunes also addressed the Parents Involvement Association meeting about the advanced placement (AP) program and honors classes.
The program allows students to take college-level courses while in high school, earning college credit or advanced placement once they enrolled in college.
The best reason to take a higher level course is to see what a college level class might be like, she said.
Students are recommended by teachers for AP classes, and parent requests are also considered, Bandy-Nunes said. At DHS, there are AP classes in biology, calculus, computer science, English language, Spanish language, English literature, government and U.S. history. Chemistry was dropped this year because of poor enrollment, but may be offered next year.
To earn the college credit, AP students must take an optional standardized test. Typically, only about half the students will take the test and last year, 63 percent of tested DHS students passed. In May, 2001, 166 DHS students will be tested, she said.
She said students who want to attend colleges and universities with higher admissions policies may want to consider AP classes.
“These classes also prepare the student for the SAT and ACT (college prep) tests,” she said. “But the real purpose for taking AP classes should be for the chance to get a run at a college-level class to see what it’s like, and the rigors they can expect in college.”
Laura Austin, who teaches AP Spanish at DHS, and who emphasized that she was at Wednesday’s meeting as a parent, said that students should weigh the decision to enroll in AP classes.
“There’s more homework,” she said. “I usually give around 1-1/2 to 2 hours of homework per class (every other day), and so I think students should only enroll in AP classes if that subject is their passion.”
Parents and students can obtain additional information at the DHS counseling office.