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October 16, 2013

East Bernstadt Board of Ed discuss traffic problems

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The East Bernstadt Independent Board of Education met Thursday night to discuss complaints after-school traffic blocking School Street as parents go to pick up their children.

According to district superintendent Vicki Jones, the school has received numerous complaints from property owners on School Street saying that parents block the road and their driveways starting around 12:45 until students are picked up.

Among the complaints, Kip Jervis noted that several property owners have complained that as parents waited they would leave their vehicles parked the street and empty drinks and ashtrays in yards along the street.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root was scheduled to speak at the meeting to help the board work out a solution to the problem, but due to personal reasons he was unable to attend the meeting.

“We’ve been trying for a long time to figure out a way to fix the traffic problems on School Street,” Jervis said.  “Nothing has seemed to work though.”

Board members all agreed that the major issues to address are finding a better way to manage the flow of traffic as parents pick up their students and finding a way to get parents to stop lining up several hours prior to the end of the school day.

“We’ve asked the parents to not do this,” said Vice-Chairman Jim Sutton.  “I’ve had complaints that traffic has been backed up all the way to the post office.”

The board expressed their concern and commitment to finding a resolution to the traffic situation and will be actively working with the sheriff’s department to resolve the issue.

The board also received updates on the construction project that has been going on for the last 18 months.  Despite minor setbacks, construction is said to be on schedule and will complete in August 2014.

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