Posted on Wednesday, July 22

Good Morning JPS Parents,

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you of a serious accident that occurred this morning around 9:00 a.m. at the corner of 20thand Baldwin. A motorist was traveling eastbound on Baldwin Street and swerved to avoid a bicyclist who was attempting to cross Baldwin going northbound. The vehicle struck the front tire of the bicyclist sending the rider flying. The minivan then struck a tree and flipped into the northwest corner of the Sandy Hill Elementary building. The bicyclist did sustain bodily injuries and was transported to the hospital as a priority 1. The driver of the minivan was able to climb out of the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for observation. It is a miracle that a fatality did not result at the scene of this terrible accident.

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The Sandy Hill Elementary Building sustained significant damage to two of its exterior walls, but they can be repaired. We will be working with our insurance company and hope to retain the services of a contractor in the next few days to begin work on repairing the damage to the building. We are grateful that those involved in this accident survived. It is our expectation that these two exterior walls at Sandy Hill Elementary will be repaired prior to the start of the school year. I can assure the parents of Sandy Hill Elementary school students that their children will be returning to a very safe environment in which to learn on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Tom TenBrink

Superintendent

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