Mr. Jeff Charleston, Director of Business Services at D146, addressed the Board of Education at the meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 regarding items on the District’s 5-year capital plan. Board Members listened to Mr. Charleston who spoke on behalf of the D146 Finance Committee. Mr. Charleston addressed items on the Committee’s District improvement list that have yet to be completed.
With a larger than anticipated surplus for the fiscal year just ended, Mr. Charleston explained that the District is looking to complete some necessary items from the long-term plan without adding any additional financial burden on the taxpayers. Mr. Charleston recommended, on behalf of the Finance Committee, several items to be completed. One in particular affects Fierke Education Center drop-offs and pickups and is expected to make the process much safer.
Mr. Charleston stated, “Safety is our #1 priority with our students and families. Currently at Fierke, buses, parents and students all mix together at drop-off and pickup times. After the Finance Committee reviewed Fierke’s daily procedures, we realized that this is probably not the most optimal situation for safety. The Committee feels that by adding a separate student drop-off and pick-up area, Fierke families will benefit from an added level of safety, as well as relieving congestion at these two peak times of traffic.”
D146 Director of Buildings and Grounds, Mr. Scott Slager, said, “This is a necessary project. Fierke is the only school in the District that does not have a parent drop-off/pick-up lane. Currently the students are dropped off and picked up on Victoria Lane. The new area will allow the parents to pull off from the street and up to the building. The improvement will also allow Fierke to gain needed parking space, too. This is something that is truly needed at the school.”
The Board of Education unanimously agreed to move forward with the bus lane project, with planning to begin immediately. Mr. Charleston said, “Once we have all of our plans in place we can then begin the improvement project. Our goal is to start the actual work next summer and finish just prior to school starting in fall 2014.”