Q. Why is no one doing anything about the unsafe driving around Pine Valley Elementary School? The park any way they want and any place they want.
A. You are not alone in your concerns. School officials are addressing the issue.
According to New Hanover County Schools Chief Communications Officer Valita Quattlebaum, “The staff at Pine Valley Elementary School has worked on the traffic concerns; and there is a proper procedure for student drop-off at Pine Valley. Sometimes, people don’t follow the established rules and traffic procedures and that creates congestion.”
“Student safety is always our primary concern and always takes precedence over driver convenience,” added Quattlebaum. “There have been complaints to the school relative to drivers parking, as well dropping off students, in unauthorized areas.”
Quattlebaum said NHCS has contacted law enforcement and addressed the issue of student safety with parents.
Aware of the congestion around Pine Valley, Quattlebaum said the district safety director has visited the site multiple times, observing the traffic patterns and the arrival and dismissal process in the morning and afternoon.
“The City of Wilmington traffic engineer has also been involved relative to street traffic,” said Quattlebaum. “The school staff monitors the arrival and dismissal each day. The school has also established a check-out system to monitor student movement during the dismissal process.
“Pine Valley also has put a plan into place, so that children should not be dropped off and made to walk across traffic, bus lanes, and through the parking lot where cars are moving.”
Date posted: December 4, 2012
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