New schools bring new school zones in Lancaster

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH)- T-minus two days for school to start for Lancaster City Schools.

And while teachers and administrators work hard at the finishing touches, they know Thursday will be a bit different for their youngest students.

Three new elementary schools will open their doors in spots people haven’t seen students.

“That is kindergarten through 5th graders so you will have 5-year-olds walking, something the neighborhoods will have to get used to,” parent Mary Ratcliff said.

Gorsuch West, Mt. Pleasant, and Tarhe Trails will all bring a brand new feel and look to areas that aren’t used to seeing signs to slow down.

“Certainly there are some concerns about traffic, neighborhoods will be experiencing,” Lancaster Superintendent Steve Wigton said.

But administrators have worked hard with education, open houses, and social media to get the word out.

Facebook has been great for us, our numbers have grown exponentially, the best place to find out information on Lancaster City Schools,” Wigton said.

Many parents believe things will be fine, but some think there will be an adjustment period.

“At the open house people were going to wrong way, going down alley’s ton of congestion,” Ratcliff said.

The district has made separate pick up/drop off zones for busses and parents, worked with bus drivers on new routes, and will have extra help for a few days.

“We have hired law enforcement to help direct traffic because it will be so new to people,” Wigton said.

No matter if it is new or old, these schools are here, and it’s time to start the year, so pay attention, and slow down.

“Follow speed limit, kids don’t always pay attention, dart out on bikes or skateboards, be aware of it,” Ratcliff said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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