FULTON, Ill. — Potential congestion around the River Bend middle and elementary schools is being discussed by the River Bend Board of Education.
The board discussed drop-off policies during Monday’s meeting. The district decided in March to eliminate the city bus route. Middle School Principal Kathleen Schipper told the board that Police Chief Jim Rhoades was concerned there would be problems next year when more parents have to drop of their children.
“We have what we have and we’re trying to work through it,” Board President Dan Portz said.
The transportation committee plans to eliminate teacher parking on the east side of 12th Street to allow for more drop-off space. At the elementary school, bus and drop-off times would be adjusted by 15 minutes. Superintendent Chuck Holliday said that after all of the buses left, parents could pull into the semi-circle and let their children off by the front door.
Board Member Eric Fish felt this plan would not work. Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Petersen said she stands in the drive, blocking parents from pulling up before the buses leave. Once the buses were gone, she would move and let parents drive up to the door.
Fish felt that not every parent would be aware of or pay attention to this system. He did not know how the district could inform everyone who might drop off a child of the rules.
Petersen suggested they continue to let parents drop children off as they have been and re-evaluate the procedure after school starts. She felt this system is currently working.
The transportation committee also considered expanding and paving a drop-off area. However, Holliday said this would cost $50,000. This option will not be pursued at this time.