Get It In Writing | City: Topeka, USD 501 Will Have Snow Plan Next Year

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The City of Topeka says it will have a new agreement with USD 501 for how they'll handle cleaning up snow around the city's schools in place next year - and this time it'll be in writing.

On Thursday, several parents described unplowed snow and stuck vehicles outside several of the district's buildings. Many parents also waited in long lines to drop off their children, as traffic was slowed by vehicles sliding and tires spinning trying to navigate the streets.

With such conditions, they said, the district should have decided against bringing students back to school Thursday. By late morning, the streets were snow-packed, but plowed. Still, parents wanted to know why it wasn't a priority sooner.

The next day, city officials say they met with school administrators where both sides acknowledged a verbal agreement several years ago in which the city would provide enhanced salt treatment, while the school district would maintain the roads around the school.

Since that time, the issue had never come up, according to a city spokesperson -- that is until this week.

For the rest of the year, the city said it will "take care of several problem areas we saw after the storm." Those locations included Ross, Eisenhower, McEachron, and Avondale West. It will also respond to other problem areas at the school district's request.