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Pedestrian routes and athletics fields in Estacada are included on the groups' agenda

The Estacada School Board and the Estacada City Council are working together to create road connectivity for students, families and other community members.

During a joint meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the two groups agreed to collaborate on identifying potential gaps in routes students can take while walking to school and continue working on their joint facilities development project.

The City Council recently approved an update to Estacada's transportation master plan, which includes potential improvements to multiple pedestrian routes, including some that students could take to school. School board members will give city councilors feedback as to which routes should receive priority funding.

"We need to find the right routes to put funding towards," said councilor KC Spangler during the meeting.

The two groups will also continue their collaboration on a 20 acre facilities development project that will create athletic fields and community space. It will also facilitate connectivity from Cemetery Road to the Campanella Estates housing development and extend Broadway Street to connect with new roads.

At their next joint meeting, city councilors and school board members will select a name for the project.

Additionally, city councilors will also explore options for lighting the Ranger Woods near Estacada High School.

Another topic of discussion was a school resource officer. The Estacada School District has a resource officer for several days a week through overtime hours with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and a full time officer is expected in the spring.

The groups will meet again next April and look forward to continued collaboration.

"It's important to stay updated on the needs of both the school district and the city," said Mayor Sean Drinkwine.

Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter added that having shared goals will "foster more opportunities to work together."

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