Brown County teacher raising money to buy school zone lights

BROWN COUNTY, Texas - A teacher at a small Christian academy in Brown County is taking on the problem of a busy roadway nearby.

Victory Life Academy teacher Rick Phleps asked commissioners in January to place a sign on CC Woodson Road to warn drivers of school children after several speeding accidents took place on that road in the last two years.

But Phelps launched a GoFundMe page on Saturday to raise $7,000 to purchase flashing school zone lights.

"We need to raise money for two flashing school zone lights," Phelps said in his post. "We have received bids, with the two lowest being in the $6,000 to $7,000 range. We are asking for everyone's help in purchasing these lights."

Victory Life Academy is located off of CC Woodson and falls in an area of Brown County, where the city limits of Brownwood and Early either begin or end. Neither the county nor the Texas Department of Transportation will purchase the lights, according to Phelps.

He told commissioners in January many drivers go 15 to 20 mph over the 45-mph speed limit on CC Woodson.

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