Since I posted this past Februay, 2012 about the unsafe drop-off at Buffalo Creek Middle School in Palmetto, there has been one improvement…deputy has moved his police vehicle from the drop off area in front of the school. He used to block the fire hydrant but has now moved safely to a parking spot located only yards from his previous spot. Thank you! That’s one less car for parents dropping off student for MSA and BCMS to circumvent! (Manatee School for the Arts, Buffalo Creek Middle School)
However, for the past three days, May 22-May 24, 2012 at 9:00 am a county van has been parking on the left side of the student drop off making it even more difficult to drive through and drop off students. I noticed that he has been dropping off papers using a hand truck. Certainly, he could have used the delivery area designated at the back of the school or he could have parked the van in one of the visitor’s spots located only YARDS from his illegal parking spot.
Here are some pictures (click to enlarge) taken from Buffalo Creek Park on May 22, 2012 at 9:00 am looking down where the county van can be seen still unloading his delivery.
Envision that only minutes before, the right hand side of the drop off area was filled with cars dropping off students. And of course, there is no one to move the line along so some parents parked the car thus backing up others, leaving parents like myself forced to drive between the van and parked cars to drop off further down at the bike racks to drop off for Manatee School for the Arts pick up!
So frustrating, unsafe and clearly unmanageable!
So I called the county yesterday and a lovely women, Wendy listened to my frustration. She offered to pass this information on to the right person.
Please note that I have called the school, as my February 14th post indicates and I did post on the Manatee Board of Education Facebook page BUT the page is closed for comments, which is truly a shame that social media can’t be used to communicate with the academic community. So many good ideas (for saving money?) are lost because social media is not used by the Manatee County Board of Education.
But I am grateful to have found a voice today.
Here are my suggestions to solve this problem before someone gets hurt:
1) Add no parking signs to the drop off at Buffalo Creek on BOTH sides of the drive-thru area. (Parents often park to let students out and sign them in. I used to volunteer in the media center at Buffalo Creek and I always parked in the lot…I don’t see why parents can’t either.)
2) Have someone moderate the drop off in the morning and move the line along. There have been on a few occasions ”someone” moving the line along (I can count maybe 3 times) but they do nothing other than stand there. They don’t move the cars along and give direction.
3) Have the front desk tell vendors NOT to park in front of the school and use the delivery area…including county vans. Both times I brought the problem to the BCMS front desk my complaint was met with negativity. “Deputy has to park there so the students will see him” and “The delivery man was only delivering the mail. He was only a minute.” Like hitting a brick wall.
4) Designate an area for Manatee School for the Arts to be dropped off. I drop off my student to take the bus from the BCMS bus loop and when the cars are backed up and not moving along, I have to drive past all the cars and this is difficult as some parents don’t look before pulling out. Make the drop off for MSA at the bike racks. I can swing around there.
Here’s my February 14th, 2012 post with more pictures showing Office Depot and county vehicles making deliveries in the fire zone and in front of the student drop off zone.