School capacity - really the lack of school capacity - is a hot button in town. The District estimated the available capacity in the five existing schools to be 102 seats back in the summer. Development in town - really over-development in town - will exacerbate this even with the re-opening of Hoover School. That saga can be reviewed here and here for newcomers (of which there are some). Today's Daily Journal notes that tonight is when the money meets the road on traffic/pedestrian improvements that need to be made to
Officials are expecting a crush of cars and students flocking to the area near the campus at 2200 Summit Drive when 200 kindergartners through fifth-graders start classes at the school in August.
In advance of the school reopening its doors, officials will collaborate on developing an agreement over how the cost of building new sidewalks, painting crosswalks, making the site compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards and other improvements will be financed.
Officials project the variety of improvements are slated to cost as much as $3.5 million, when considering long-term projects such as building new sidewalks along Summit and Easton drives, as well as widening the roads and other efforts, according to a city report.
This is the first meeting of the full bodies (new Council and School Board) and they need to collaborate since
...school officials and neighborhood residents arrived at a settlement in February, after the district committed to installing a variety of alterations along Summit Drive, such as designating student drop-off and pick-up areas and realigning the school driveway, among other improvements.
This incremental capacity of 200 kids is a start, but I believe there will be more demand coming soon so the two bodies might as well get to know each other's concerns.