Dangerous and confusing traffic patterns and insufficient parking spots are two persistent problems that would be addressed if Broadalbin-Perth residents approve a proposed $39.7 million capital project on Tuesday, May 17.
“The safety of our students and staff, as well as visitors to our schools, is our highest priority,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “The lack of parking, especially at the Perth campus, has long been our most serious safety concern, and with this capital project, we will finally be in a position to address it.”
Tomlinson explained that insufficient parking at the Perth campus necessitates that visitors park across the street at Perth Bible Church or along busy County Highway 107, which lacks sidewalks and is perilous for pedestrians. In the past, children have been struck by vehicles while crossing Route 107, and Tomlinson said there have been far too many close calls.
At the Broadalbin campus, unclear traffic patterns and poor sight lines compound the problems of insufficient parking near the building and adjacent athletic venues.
On May 17, voters will also see on their ballots a separate proposition to purchase 3.8 acres of land adjacent to the Perth campus at a cost of $15,000. Tomlinson said the district plans to use money from its fund balance, or savings, to pay for the land, so there is no tax impact related to the purchase.
Tomlinson said that the land purchase proposition is a critical component of the district’s plans to improve parking and traffic flow at the Perth campus. The land would allow the district to construct a long driveway from Route 107 into the Perth campus’ new parent and visitor parking lot, as well as the student pick-up and drop-off zone. The extended driveway would alleviate traffic congestion on Route 107, which Tomlinson said is a significant problem at arrival and dismissal times and during special events at the schools.
If residents approve the capital project and land purchase proposals on May 17, traffic flow at both campuses would be completely redesigned to more clearly define travel routes for buses, faculty and staff, and parents and visitors. Parking capacity at the Perth campus would more than double, and an additional 130 parking spaces would be added at the Broadalbin campus, including seasonal parking adjacent to baseball, softball, tennis and cross country facilities.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about the capital project proposal by visiting the district website and reviewing the special capital project newsletter that was mailed to all district households. Residents are invited to submit questions about the capital project proposal to district communications specialist Michele Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymously through Patriot Plain Talk.