Emily Pollok/reporter
Traffic zips down U.S. 521 Thursday afternoon next to the new Van Wyck Elementary School.
District forgot new school needed speed-zone signs

In the deadline crunch to get the much-delayed Van Wyck Elementary School finished for the new school year, a crucial safety detail fell through the cracks.
VWES, which abuts busy four-lane U.S. 521 and its 55-mph-plus traffic, was not going to have school speed zone signs to slow those cars on opening day this Monday, Aug. 20.
The sidewalk in front of the school is just 3 feet from the highway, raising the possibility of young children walking that close to cars traveling at highway speed, which happens at no other school in the county.