New features in store for Fremont Elementary School
Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 2:24pm
Fremont Elementary School grounds are currently under construction for a project to create a new and safer traffic pattern, making it easier for parents to drop off their children at school.
The new installations for the school consist of newly reconfigured parking areas to better cope with congestion on nearby roads. A pick-up area specifically designed for the kindergartners is also being installed on the east side of the school.
Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes hopes that these new modifications of the parking lots will keep children safe when being dropped off, and to keep traffic more regulated.
“The way that the work is being done for Fremont is going to help the community in the best way is to make it safer and more efficient to get students and parents into the school and out of the school,” Stokes said.
Stokes said the school and safety officer received and used some of the expertise from Muscle Power, a non-profit organization that helped recommended where to install the safer routes to avoid the traffic.
Stokes said that there are other aspects of the project that will be extended to the site such as elevation changes to prevent puddles and ice invading walkways and playgrounds. Another new feature Fremont will have is a decomposed granite track around the grassy areas of the playing field. Stokes said that this track welcomes the general public to use it as well.
“The track will not only upgrade our curriculum for the physical education class, but it’s also for the people within the area to walk on if they choose to,” Stokes said.
Other Carson City elementary schools are also undergoing construction projects. A new gymnasium is being built at Eagle Valley Middle School, while the portable structures of Empire Elementary School are under construction to be combined into one building. Seeliger Elementary School’s project consists of a new controlled access entry and office spaces, but will not be completed until the beginning of 2013. Fremont Elementary School’s project is scheduled for completion on July 30, right before the new school year starts.
“[The project] is aggressive, and it’s something that we hope that everything will go right before the next school year starts at Fremont,” Stokes said.