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Architects to provide Norwood-Norfolk Central School with parking lot options

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NORFOLK - Architects will be returning to Norwood-Norfolk Central School on Monday with options to address parking lot concerns during an upcoming capital project.

Superintendent James M. Cruikshank told board of education members Tuesday night that he and Business Manager Lisa M. Mitras had walked around the area with engineers and architects to discuss their concerns. Among them is the number of available parking spaces and the need to separate buses from regular vehicle traffic.

“We explained the public concerns and our concerns. They’re going to come back Monday and discuss options,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

He said the options would address expanding parking while not impacting traffic on state Route 56 in front of the school. He has noted in the past that parking overflows on to the side of state Route 56 when some special events are held at the school.

Mr. Cruikshank said architects indicated the parking lot needed work because drainage issues have caused issues, and the separation of buses and private vehicles would also have to be addressed in the project. He said buses are currently double-parked when dropping off and picking up students, but are well supervised at the beginning and end of the school day.

“They said, ‘If we’re going to include it in the project, state Ed wants buses separate from the public,’” he said. “I’m anxious to see what they come back with.”

Others have also shared their parking lot pick up and drop off concerns, according to the superintendent.

“I’ve had many parents tell me it’s a nightmare,” Mr. Cruikshank said. “(Architects and engineers) had a lot of interesting ideas they were going to propose.”

Once he receives those options, Mr. Cruikshank said he’ll share the information with the board members.

“As soon as I get those plans I’ll be disseminating the information as soon as I can,” he said.

He added that he would also provide the information with two neighbors who had shared their concerns with him about potential issues from a parking lot renovation.

“They had some legitimate concerns. They both recognize we have some safety issues in our parking lot,” he said.

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