Mettawee School Has a New Look
Rainy days created headaches at the Mettawee Community School (MCS) in West Pawlet. Poor drainage turned parts of the paved lot and driveway into ankle-deep lakes that limited available space and made walking between cars and school a wet obstacle course. Students and parents navigating their way through also needed to be on guard for cars and buses. Staff, meanwhile, parked their cars on on the other side of the school in an unpaved grass lot that turned into mud with water-filled potholes at the slightest hint of rain. The dilemma only magnified in the winter when water turned into snow and ice. But all that nuisance is no more. The MCS parking lot and traffic flow plan has been completely renovated. Old concrete was removed and new drainage installed for a new, expanded paved lot, including for staff on the north side of the school. The MCS administration used project as an opportunity to redesign the traffic flow in and out of the school grounds to make it easier – and safer – to get in and out.
There will be a few important changes to school drop-off. Traffic at the front entrance or south side of MCS will be limited to cars only. The old bus-only lane will now be used exclusively by parents dropping off their children. As the youngsters exit the vehicle onto a sidewalk, staff will guide them to the front door, so parents can just drive away. Parents who need to take their children in can still park in the lot near the front entrance. The area now includes clearly marked walkways. Staff and buses will enter a new designated area that takes them behind the school auditorium to a sidewalk that leads them to the front door. No student will need to cross a traffic lane, unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Funding for the project was covered by the MCS building and grounds maintenance reserve fund. The work was overseen by the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) director of operations, Greg Harrington. To learn more, call the School at 802-645-9009.