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By LORRIE KINKADE
The Trimble Banner
The new school year will bring a new traffic pattern to the Trimble County Middle School parking lot.
After nearly daily issues last spring surrounding the often-confusing system of drop offs and pick-ups of the school’s pre-teens, district administrators have devised a new plan to get students safely to and from the building.
“We’ve come up with all kinds of scenarios. We’ve really been playing Tonka trucks out here,” superintendent Marcia Haney-Dunaway said earlier this week while standing in the school’s front lot. “Hopefully this plan will work. But if it doesn’t we’ll try something else. We want feedback from parents and teachers and bus drivers. We want them to tell us whether this is working.”
The new system, which Dunaway said she hopes will solve both congestion and safety issues, will have all buses entering school grounds from Wentworth Avenue across from the Dollar Store. Buses will proceed straight to the north side school entrance for student drop-off in the morning and will park parallel to the school in the north lot for afternoon release.
Parking of other vehicles will not be allowed on the north side of the school.
Parents and others dropping off or picking up students will now go to the front entrance of the school on the south side, where they will circle the cul-de-sac to the right. Because of the new traffic flow pattern, Dunaway suggests parents use Abbott Lane or the U.S. 42 end of Wentworth Avenue to access the school property.
“These are city roads, so we can’t prevent cars from using the [Hwy. 421] Wentworth Avenue entrance, but it would be safer for students and drivers if only buses were using that part of the road, especially in the afternoon,” she said.
Anyone with comments on the new traffic pattern is invited to contact Dunaway at the district’s central office at (502) 255-3201.