IRON RIVER—During its Oct. 21 monthly meeting, the West Iron County School Board authorized Superintendent Chris Thomson to have IDI of Marquette go ahead with designing changes to the student drop-off/pickup area at Stambaugh Elementary School.
IDI had earlier done the engineering groundwork for the project.
Thomson said he wants to get the state approval process started as soon as possible. Once the state gives its OK, the project can go out for bid “hopefully in January or February” so construction can be completed next summer.
The old bus garage/maintenance building will be removed as part of the project, and a loop for bus pickup will be built nearby, separated from the elementary pickup area by a sidewalk.
There will be parking for elementary school special events on the high school (west) side of the sidewalk, including places marked for handicap access. Otherwise, no parking will be allowed there during the school day.
Temporary changes were made to enlarge the elementary pickup area just before the start of school this fall, mainly by removing some of the old curbing. School officials said aside from some chaotic times, especially when students are dropped off in the morning, the changes have been working well.
“It’s way better than it was,” said Board President Roy Polich, “and it’s way safer than it was.”
Board members also talked about in-road stop/yield signs, like in Wisconsin; speed display signs near the school campus, like the city of Iron River used to use; and making a one-way loop around the school campus.