Stanford police assist with school traffic flow

August 11, 2003

STANFORD - Traffic flow at Stanford Elementary School is moving smoother, and safer, than ever, assistant principal Tim Godbey told the city council Thursday.

"Our mornings have never been any safer. The only problem we're having is between 3 and 3:30," said Godbey.

On the first day of school, Godbey said about 300 cars had to be directed, though now the number is closer to 200.

"We're predicting, with preschool starting on the 13th, that the number will rise," said Godbey.

Two concerned parents had attended the council meeting to present a petition, signed by almost 100 citizens, requesting there be a traffic officer at the school every day, helping parents to pick up their children without blocking Danville Avenue.

"There's just the concern of safety. We would like to see someone help direct traffic up there," Donna Caudill told the council.


"We have been there every day, and we will be there every day unless there is an emergency call," said Police Chief Keith Middleton.

Though the school will not be assigned a specific officer, Middleton said an officer will help direct traffic every day, unless called away for an emergency. School staff members also will help direct, and make sure students get home safely.

According to Middleton, it took parents 45 minutes to pick up their children Monday, the first day of school. After being directed on Tuesday, parents learned the traffic flow pattern and were able to get out in about 22 minutes Thursday.

"The only problem we're seeing currently is people who don't want to follow procedure," said Godbey.

When council members asked Godbey if he is happy with the current system, he said, "I'm not completely satisfied, but it is better now than where we were last year."

Parents who pick up their children must enter and exit the school grounds on Old Fort Road, as opposed to the former entrance on Foster Lane. Middleton said officers were reminding waiting parents not to park in front of driveways while waiting for students.

"We've got a good system, and I think we've done the city a huge favor," said Middleton.

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