Montoursville Board discusses ways to relieve traffic problems at middle school

The Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night discussed ways to best relieve vehicle traffic flow at C.E. McCall Middle School during pick-up and drop-off times for students.

School Principal Jeff Moore said two locations are being considered.

Students would continue to use the front entrance on Willow Street.

However, an additional spot at the rear of the building also would be used.

Moore said he and other school staff members came up with the plan after spending much of the first week of school watching traffic at the front of the building.

The proposal, he said, not only would streamline traffic but enhance safety for students.

“We just noticed the constant bottle-neck out front,” he said.

Moore noted that one person could be used to monitor each drop-off/pick-up location.

A concrete walk could also be added outside the building.

Board member Thomas McNamara said he has serious concerns about students being picked up at the parking lot at the south side of the school.

He said he’s seen students dart in and out from behind vehicles while he’s waited to pick up his daughter at the building.

The board agreed to consider the proposal.

In other matters, Ashley Christ was approved as a study hall monitor at the high school at a rate of $10 per hour. Christ will work five hours a day.

A discussion on adding a police dog to the school district’s security unit at a cost of between $8,000 to $12,000 was postponed until a later meeting.

Following the meeting, the board met in executive session to consider legal matters.