The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 1, 2005


School drop-offs and pick-ups at Highland to pay toll

Drawing by Phyllis Hughes

The Carlisle School administration has notified next year's seventh- and eighth-grade parents that, starting in September, students who do not take the school bus to school, but are driven to school, dropped off at the Highland Building, and picked up later in the day, will pay $1 per drop-off or pick-up at a toll booth to be located on the site.

As parent resentment over paying high bus fees has been growing ($395 per student in the two upper grades), more and more families have been driving their children to school, up School Street into the Highland School circular driveway between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m., in time for the beginning of the school day. Traffic jams at the Highland School site have been reported by neighbors living in the area, as well as by drivers making their way down School Street to the center of town.

The Highland Building is a favorite drop-off spot for parents, since cars coming out of the driveway can turn right or left onto School Street, which is not a possibility when leaving the school parking lot on one-way Church Street. An artist who works in Highland recently counted 123 cars dropping off or picking up students at the Highland Building site in one day.

Construction of the tollbooth will begin in June, once school is out, and should be ready for use when the school opens again in September. Money collected in tolls will go to funding a two-story garage on the school parking lot. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito