Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Nottingham parking lot to stay open; motorists discouraged from using cut-through

August 19, 2004

Rather than relying on a physical barrier, school district officials are hoping increased monitoring will prevent vehicle traffic from cutting through the Nottingham Elementary School parking lot. The shortcut, which runs between the 1400 blocks of Church and Elm streets, became a popular time-saver during road work at the 14th and Elm intersection.
"You can sit there and watch everybody who lives in that part of town...they cut through the school," said Board member Greg Neis.
The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education had discussed erecting gates at the entrances that would limit traffic during off hours. But the bid for the gate came in near $5,000, a total Superintendent Marty Kobza said the district could better use elsewhere. Board members like Brenda Clark and Kenny Massey were worried about the message a gate would send to the community.
"It kind of closes our doors," Clark said.
The biggest concern about the traffic was with students' safety, Kobza said, especially during track and baseball seasons as students were loading and unloading shuttle buses from practice.
Instead of erecting a gate, the Board decided to increase the school resource officer's patrolling of the area for cut-through traffic.

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