LISBON - To make it safer for elementary school students, officials intend to ask the village to consider making a section of East Chestnut Street one-way on a permanent basis.
School Superintendent Don Thompson reported at Monday's school board meeting he intends to schedule a meeting with village officials to discuss making the section in front of McKinley Elementary on East Chestnut Street a one-way street from Harrison Street to Pritchard Avenue.
"We've had a couple of incidents where the kids have almost been hit," he said.
The section of East Chestnut Street is already subject to temporary one-way status during periods prior to the start of school in the morning and when classes let out in the afternoon. While that has improved the situation when it comes to parents dropping off and picking up their children, Thompson said more needs to be done, which is why he is planning to schedule a meeting with Village Council's street committee. Thompson said he already has spoken with the police chief, council clerk and village solicitor, whose child is a student at McKinley Elementary.
The situation was compared to the new junior high school complex, which resulted in West Pine Street being turned into a one-way street. Thompson said everyone eventually became accustomed to that arrangement, and he expects the same thing would occur on East Chestnut Street.
Board member Gene Gallo told Thompson to keep the people who live there in mind when discussing his proposal with village officials.
"We have to consider the needs of the residents who live there," he said.
Thompson assured him he would.
"We want to work with the village to see what we can come up with," he said.
The board's next meeting is 5:30 p.m. May 10.