With the STEM Academy opening its doors at the high school this year, some changes have been made regarding the flow of bus and car traffic on and off the high school property.
The first change is that there is a designated loop for parents to drive up and drop off their children for the school day. This drop-off lane is for all students in the high school and in STEM and will resolve the issue of parents’ vehicles being caught up with the school buses coming into the parking lot.
Second, the loop around the flagpole at the front of the building will be for buses only, and no parent or student vehicles will be allowed in the area during the beginning and end of school days.
According to principal Ellin Booras, the intention is also that each bus will park in the same place in that loop at the end of the day, so that students will always know exactly where their bus is.
The third adjustment is that the gate will be removed from the lower entrance to the school and will become the entrance for students who drive their own cars. This entrance will also be used by staff.
Students will also have an area of the parking lot designated just for them, separate from staff.
Lastly, from the student parking area there will be a walkway created that will allow the students who drive themselves to school to enter and exit the building without ever crossing the path of a school bus. Students walking among the buses were a safety concern that Dr. Booras had and this pathway should eliminate that concern.
Dr. Booras said there will also be signs and workers directing the flow of traffic and to help clear up any confusion surrounding the new layout.