By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER

CAREY — After a lengthy discussion Monday with several village officials, Carey school board unanimously approved formation of a joint traffic committee with the village to discuss the traffic flow in and out of school property during school hours.

The school board’s committee representatives will be board President Greg McCartney and board member Matt Stombaugh. Village Council will discuss the issue at its meeting next Monday.

Mayor Jenn Rathburn, council President Anthony Fletcher and council member Jacob Wentz attended Monday’s school board meeting to discuss the traffic flow around the school building.

Council previously approved making the road through Memorial Park one-way toward the school from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The road is usually two-way.

The village also has closed, via barricades, one entrance/exit from the main school parking lot.

Superintendent Mike Wank said “anything that allows three points of entry will help, even if it doesn’t go through the park.” That is what students and the public have gotten used to over the past two years, he said.

Other school board members said the barricades were unnecessary.

Rathburn said she previously met with Wank and Police Chief Rich Kesler about the situation, and the barricades and one-way road were the “least expensive” and easiest to adopt.

The mayor said one concern for the village is maintenance of the road through the park after the school board previously turned down a proposal to build an additional road on school property out to Vance Street.

The park road is not designed to be a street, she said. There are no curbs, for instance. She also said a traffic study was not done because of the expense.

The state Department of Transportation had given its approval to the additional road, one of several options considered by council.

Wentz said the changes were made to improve traffic flow for the safety of students who walk, and to reduce infrastructure upgrades on the park road.

He suggested moving the barricade placed at the rear entrance to the main school parking lot, across Memorial Park Boulevard near the baseball diamond in the park. That would allow students to leave the school’s rear entrance and make a left turn.

Separately, the school board followed Village Council’s action and approved a resolution to contract with the village and police department to fund a school resource officer for the 2018-2019 school year, which begins Aug. 20.

Last week, council approved an emergency ordinance to contract with the school district for the position. The village will pay 25 percent of the salary plus the officer’s benefits, and the school district will fund the remainder.

That would fund 40 hours of work for the position, which provides assistance to Our Lady of Consolation School, too. The Catholic school does not have available funds to cover the cost of a school resource officer, Rathburn said.

Several officers will split the position.

Separately, the school board approved a one-year teaching contract for Christopher Camm as a junior/senior high science teacher.

Separately, the board approved an increase in substitute teacher pay from $80 per day to $90 daily, following an executive session.

Following a closed session, the board approved the position of junior high cross country coach and a pay scale for the position.

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