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School board works to solve parking issue

Village board members say Popleton Street in front of the school is too congested with staff cars parked on both sides.

School officials want employees to feel safe entering and exiting the building in the dark.

The two entities have settled on a compromise, at least for now.

Village trustees voted last month to implement two-hour parking on both sides of the street on the block south of the school, saying the congestion is dangerous and lack of parking for school visitors is frustrating.

But superintendent Bill Porter said clearing both sides of the street of cars is going a little too far and he asked the village to meet in the middle.

“I agree we should guarantee the public a place to park in front of the school,” Porter said during the school board’s regular monthly meeting Monday night. “I believe that marking the north side as visitor parking will solve the problem.”

Board member Matt Hatch questioned why the two parking lots, designated after the renovation and addition to the school building, are not being used as faculty and student parking,

“I think the taxpayers paid good money for parking lots that sit half empty,” Hatch said.

The school will pay to have six visitor parking spaces on the north side of Popleton measured and painted for two-hour parking between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Spaces on the south side will also be measured and painted but will not have time limits.

“We’ve got a parking problem. I recognize that and we’re trying to solve it,” Porter said. “If this doesn’t work, the village will solve the problem for us.”

In other district business, the school board discussed several ways to remedy complaints from patrons about young students constantly moving in and out of the gymnasium during sporting events.

Porter said the board’s activities committee is working on a solution with several proposals in mind.

In other action, board members:

adopted the annual poverty plan and multi-cultural plans, both of which are state mandated.

accepted the 2010-11 audit with corrective measures, including notes on a late quarterly report to the Internal Revenue Service and over-budget activities fund.

approved a one-year contract with Source Gas, through the Choice Gas program, that will guarantee the district will pay 67 cents per therm for natural gas beginning June 1, 2012.

discussed the outdoor sign on the corner of Popleton and Market streets. The board had previously considered an electronic sign there but village zoning regulations prohibit lighted signs in residential areas. Board members agreed to make the current sign fit the district’s needs.

learned enrollment stands at 197 with three new students expected to enroll next month.

received notice that the district has met all requirements for the federal government’s adequate yearly progress accountability measurement and, for the second straight year, is not listed among the state’s persistently low achieving schools.

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