EP Clarke student drop-off to change

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph school district has plans to reconfigure the student drop-off and pick-up flow at E.P. Clarke Elementary.

Superintendent Ann Cardon said the district has the project out for bid and is looking for the reconfiguration to be done sometime next summer. The change in the pick-up and drop-off area is an attempt to lessen the strain in traffic along Glenlord Road.

“When we first started talking about this last year, we had hoped that we could get the work done this summer,” Cardon said. “But obviously that did not come to fruition.”

The reconfiguration would completely reroute the flow of traffic coming in and out of the parking lot, Cardon said. It will also help in reducing the number of cars waiting on Glenlord Road alongside the school because the change would increase the number of spaces in the queue.

Cardon and other administrators started project plans by reaching out to Michelle Allen, principal of the Royalton Township school.

Allen was asked how she would redirect the flow of cars coming in and out of the parking lot first thing in the morning and at the afternoon pick-up.

“We have a tremendous amount of parents who want to drop off their children and pick them up in the afternoon,” Cardon said. “We are looking for a way to make this safe for our students, more efficient, more considerate of our neighbors, and to alleviate congestion on Glenlord.”

Royalton Township Supervisor Robert Basselman said while the change may seem insignificant, it will benefit the township.

“They’re going to get as many cars off of Glenlord Road,” Basselman said. “The days are different from when I went to school. I either walked or took the bus. This will help lessen any headaches attributed to traffic flow.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Aug. 19, 2016)

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