Traf­fic changes at CHS, West­side for con­struc­tion

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Par­ents and stu­dents at Cedar­town High School and West­side El­e­men­tary will have the break to fig­ure out the new traf­fic pat­tern at the two schools as con­struc­tion work be­gins on the new Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy.

Let­ters went out this month to par­ents and stu­dents at both schools ex­plain­ing that work was set to be­gin the last day of school be­fore the win­ter break on Fri­day, Dec. 18, and that fol­low­ing the break many com­ing and go­ing to the two schools will have just one way in and out: High­way 278.

For those who didn’t get the news in the mail or by e-mail, the schools have fig­ured out the fol­low­ing so­lu­tion dur­ing con­struc­tion work:

Traf­fic from High­way 27 North will en­ter the ex­ist­ing drive then turn im­me­di­ately to the left, and then will con­tinue on the new drive to nor­mal lanes in front of cam­pus.

Traf­fic from the Rock­mart High­way (High­way 278) side will con­tinue up the hill, drop offs on the South side of the cam­pus will con­tinue. Should traf­fic con­tinue in front of the cam­pus, this traf­fic will exit onto High­way 27 North.

No loop or turn­around will be avail­able for car traf­fic or buses.

Any stu­dents com­ing into West­side will still use their en­trance from High­way 278 and turn left at the Cedar­town High School field house, but they’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to drop stu­dents off

Par­ents and stu­dents at Cedar­town High School and West­side El­e­men­tary will have the break to fig­ure out the new traf­fic pat­tern at the two schools as con­struc­tion work be­gins on the new Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy.

Let­ters went out this month to par­ents and stu­dents at both schools ex­plain­ing that work was set to be­gin the last day of school be­fore the win­ter break on Fri­day, Dec. 18, and that fol­low­ing the break many com­ing and go­ing to the two schools will have just one way in and out: High­way 278.

For those who didn’t get the news in the mail or by e-mail, the schools have fig­ured out the fol­low­ing so­lu­tion dur­ing con­struc­tion work:

Traf­fic from High­way 27 North will en­ter the ex­ist­ing drive then turn im­me­di­ately to the left, and then will con­tinue on the new drive to nor- mal lanes in front of cam­pus.

Traf­fic from the Rock­mart High­way (High­way 278) side will con­tinue up the hill, drop offs on the South side of the cam­pus will con­tinue. Should traf­fic con­tinue in front of the cam­pus, this traf­fic will exit onto High­way 27 North.

No loop or turn­around will be avail­able for car traf­fic or buses.

Any stu­dents com­ing into West­side will still use their en­trance from High­way 278 and turn left at the Cedar­town High School field house, but they’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to drop stu­dents off 10 min­utes ealier, ac­cord­ing to Polk School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­liam Hunter.

Stu­dents who cur­rently park where work is set to com­mence will be moved down to the lower park­ing lot, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter sent to fac­ulty and staff by prin­ci­pal Dar­rell Wether­ing­ton.

He said in the let­ter that staff will be on hand for the first days of the change af­ter the start of school on Jan. 4, 2016, and that with the changes to the flow of cars and buses also comes changes to pickup and dropoff rou­tines.

Stu­dents can still be dropped off at the front en­trance as nor­mal, but af­ter­noon pick­ups will now be done in the high school’s south park­ing lot.

School will also start five min­utes later in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the changes on the first morn­ing of school back from the win­ter break, Wether­ing­ton stated.

All of th­ese traf­fic work­arounds are tak­ing place be­cause the area where the for­mer Ca­reer, Tech­ni­cal and Agri­cul­ture Ed­u­ca­tion build­ings once stood will be full of work and equip­ment, also elim­i­nat­ing some of the park­ing area at the school for the spring se­mes­ter of classes.

Work on the new Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy – and later the im­prove­ments to Cedar­town High School it­self – are un­der­way fol­low­ing the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s pre­vi­ous vote to ap­prove spend­ing for the first phase of con­struc­tion on the fa­cil­ity.

The $1.3 mil­lion in spend­ing will pay for the re­quired site buildup in or­der to han­dle the com­ing new ad­di­tions at the high school.

The new Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy was started last year in or­ga­ni­za­tion form to re­place the CTAE pro­gram pre­vi­ously in place, and the new fa­cil­ity will ac­com­mo­date cur­rent and fu­ture pro­grams for the school dis­trict’s hun­dreds of stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous dual en­roll­ment pro­grams with Ge­or­gia High­lands and Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

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