A proposal to install traffic lanes and a holding area, designed to relieve morning and afternoon traffic congestion at Ralph Askins School, has been abandoned by the Fayetteville Board of Education.
In its meeting last week, school board members voted unanimously to scrap the idea before spending additional funds on engineering studies and other fees.
“If the board isn’t in favor of it, we need to stop now before we go any further,” Dr. Janine Wilson, director of schools, told board members last week, asking for direction with a vote either in favor or against the proposal.
City school system staff and City of Fayetteville leaders had been working together since last year to study options to enhance safety and alleviate congestion in the Askins School area. A proposal that would increase traffic lanes and parking in the rear of the school began taking shape; however, officials said that after consultation with local engineer Tom Bailey and Lincoln Paving, they learned the cost of installing the holding area might amount to $50,000.
School board members and system leaders said in a work session prior to the board meeting last week that they had heard more opposition to the proposal than support, leading them to abandon the proposal and seek other less expensive alternatives that would not impact the physical campus as much.
“Another plan we have in the works is to change our bus procedures and do some other things to alleviate some of this traffic problem without doing something so drastic as taking up part of the playground,” Wilson told board members. “If that’s what you want us to do, we’ll start working on that immediately.”
Tommy Holland moved, seconded by Sarah Raby, not to pursue the proposal to install the traffic lanes and holding area. The motion passed unanimously.