Parents of Cloverbank Elementary students pleaded Tuesday with the Frontier Central School Board to reverse its decision to construct a “kiss and drop” area and a new parking lot in front of the school – and the board listened.
The board rescinded its action of two weeks ago to build a parking lot and “kiss and drop” area for parents to pick up children.
Board members talked of three options: Continuing with the parking plan with a new driveway, doing nothing, or eliminating the parking section and constructing just the drop-off area.
“The problem is we are short on time,” board member Patrick Boyle said.
The district has signed a contract for the paving, and would lose some or all of that money if no parking were added, board members said.
Board President Janet MacGregor Plarr said the work must be completed by Sept. 2, the day before school starts.
“This decision was made without the input of the community as to the current needs for the building,” parent Celeste Chase told board members at their regular meeting Tuesday.
She said the $60,000 being spent on the parking area could be used for a new sound system or seats in the auditorium.
“You didn’t inform the public, and the public is very upset,” said parent Jeremey Rosen, who attended with his 6-year-old daughter, Sophia.
He presented petitions with 150 signatures asking the School Board to remove the parking area.
He also suggested the money could be used for other things, such as a solar heating system or an outdoor classroom. He said it does not make sense to him to take something everyone loves about Cloverbank, the green space, “so we can do a Walmart or Kmart special, door-to-door service.”
Parents said the new parking would make the school hotter, and several students said they did not want the trees to be cut down.
Plarr said the funds are from the district’s capital project, and must be used on facilities. She noted that stakeholders, the School Board and voters approved the $29.75 million capital project in 2011.