QUEENSBURY — In addition to traffic light delays for the new main entrance to the Queensbury school complex, drivers will also have to use a temporary road to get to the high school this year.
The temporary road will be in effect for the entire school year. Even after the new main entrance gets a traffic light, drivers to the high school will have to keep using the temporary road.
The school district created a map to explain the situation to parents and students.
Drivers heading to the elementary school, intermediate school or middle school will be able to use the new main entrance once a traffic light is installed on Aviation Road.
The light has been delayed due a steel shortage and will likely not be installed until October or November.
Until then, the entrance will only be used as an exit to turn right on Aviation Road.
But school officials stressed that when that entrance is done, high school visitors will still have to use the high school temporary entrance.
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The entrance is to the side of the active construction zone that can be seen in front of the school buildings now. That zone will be closed off for the entire school year.
So parents who want to drop off high school students will enter the student and visitor parking lot through a one-way entrance off Aviation Road. Students will use a temporary entrance to the building, which used to be called the media center entrance.
After drop-off or pick-up, parents can use the two-way road to Aviation Road to leave campus.
For at least the first few weeks of school, traffic attendants will be posted in the parking lots to help. The school district is also mailing every family a postcard and map showing the traffic flow plan.
The district is working on a $39.7 million project to reorganize and renovate the 50-year-old high school for modern educational needs. The project will create “instructional communities” by placing together classrooms on related subjects and encourage greater collaboration. The project also centralizes support services, creates more community spaces and improves oversight of students by increasing sight lines. The new entrance will also be more secure, and new windows will be energy efficient.
Voters approved the expense, which will not have any tax impact.
State aid will cover $26.5 million. The district also paid off old debts, which were replaced by the debt for the new project, creating no budget increase.