Paving the safer way for student mobility

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s not an easy walk becoming an Eagle Scout, but one local Scout hopes to achieve it by making walking easier.


Jamie Stottman is working toward becoming the first Eagle Scout recognized by Troop 685 since the group rechartered two years ago.

An Eagle Scout must complete at least 100 hours of a service project that benefits the community. Stottman helped to plan and create a sidewalk between Shepherdsville Elementary and Bullitt Lick Middle School, where Troop 685 meets.

Troop 685 advancement chairperson and Jamie’s father Bobby Stottman credited former Bullitt Lick principal Scott Hrebicik with the sidewalk idea.

The grassy ditchline area between the schools is normally swampy and hampers students walking from one lot to the other, especially during fire drills. Stottman said the problem was greater for special needs students.

Hrebicik and Shepherdsville principal David Pate agreed on the sidewalk’s location. Bullitt County Public Schools approved the project and director of maintenance Steve Thompson assisted with the planning stage.

All materials for the project had to be donated. Stottman credited Bullitt County Stone for the rock base, Quality Crush Stone and Ready Mix for the concrete and Boral Bricks for specialized bricks used to create a bridge, making the sidewalk handicap-accessible.

Stottman thanked Dennis Martin and James McBride, Jr., of United Construction in Mount Washington for donating construction equipment.

Also assisting Stottman were fellow Troop 685 members Alex McBride and Gabriel Garcia. All three Scouts are current Bullitt Central students. Troop 685 has registered 17 Scouts since its recharter.

Troop 685 assistant Scout leader Brian DeHart also assisted with construction.