New parking lot and drop-off/pick-up nears completion!
- Expected completion date is between Monday, August 4th, and Friday, August 8th! -
Hello Cook Families! You may have noticed that a construction team has been tearing things up on the west side of the school. The smaller parking lot was chewed up by a big machine and recycled as part of the new asphalt pad for the portable classrooms, and the remaining asphalt is being recycled to be used in the new parking lot.
Our new parking lot on the west side will be able to accommodate about 55 parked vehicles, whereas before we could only accommodate
21 cars. The new drop-off/pick-up zone will accommodate between 20-25
vehicles, whereas before we could only accommodate 6-7 cars picking up or dropping off at a time. As we
start using this pick-up/drop off zone this fall, we would ask you to pull ahead, and
if you arrive early, as you wait we would ask you to turn off
your vehicles and create an idle-free zone in order to keep the air cleaner for all of us. Approaching from the west of the school will allow those leaving the east side of this west lot the ability to turn easily to the east or west, without turning through traffic arriving from the east. We will be asking all students who walk home heading west or south after school to exit on the south or west doors of the school in order to walk around the pick-up/drop-off zone so that they do not have to cross through the enter/exit traffic. They will be able to avoid it entirely by walking on the sidewalk around this area. For walking students, designate a place to meet family and friends so that they can walk home together. If you are walking home to the east/northeast, meet out front. If you walk home south, meet out back, and if you are walking west/northwest, then meet on the west or southwest. This will position your group to easily walk around the new walkway, avoiding the arriving/departing vehicles in the new drop-off/pick-up zone. We'll send a map and video demonstrating this as the school year approaches.
We have new, large drains under our playground/parking, and will have an extended playground to the south, right next to the closer big toy. This new area will be where we will have a new ball wall and four tetherball stations to replace those we lost. We'll also repaint all of the other lines for playground games and look to replace the two basketball poles that had to be removed. We still have 4 basketball baskets up, but would like to expand it.
Our other enhancements- the front remodel with our new, digital marquee, benches, walkway, and the track, will begin as the other project wraps up. They may continue into the school year/fall, depending on how things progress with the projects and various contractors. We'll have more details as July progresses! Thank you for all of the support we've had on these projects from our families, PTA, and Community Council! They've made the track, parking lot, and front remodel/marquee possible through fundraising and involvement.