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GHS ANNOUNCES PARKING, TRAFFIC PLANS FOR FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION
November 5, 2014
Granbury High School announced parking and traffic pattern plans for the first phase of bond construction. The temporary procedures – which will only last through March 2015 – take effect on Monday, November 17, 2014, after tall construction fences are placed on the campus over the preceding weekend.
GHS administrators will host a parent meeting at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 13 in the high school auditorium so that school officials can discuss the construction plans and procedures in detail and also answer questions. The administrators also plan to hold class meetings with students in order to review the procedures.
“We certainly hope that all students, parents, staff, and community members will be patient during these couple of months,” commented high school principal Jeremy Ross. “The end result of this transformation of GHS is well worth a few headaches along the way.”
An overview of the temporary procedures includes:
- Students: two lots – (1) back of the high school, (2) new parking lot near the Tidwell Field baseball complex
- Staff: front parking lot near the Hood County Appraisal District
- Parent drop-off will be in the front parking lot with students entering the building through the auditorium walkway outside of construction fences.
- Special education buses will drop off next to the James Wann Sports Center.
- Regular buses will drop off along Howard Clemmons Road with students entering the building at the back entrance outside of construction fences.
- Parents are encouraged to wait until 4:30 P.M. to pick up students in order to alleviate traffic congestion.
- Buses will be staged in the front parking lot for the bus hub along with GMS and Crossland student riders. The buses will enter and depart the parking lot via Pearl Street.
- Students parking in the back lot will exit the parking area and turn left on Howard Clemmons Road toward Pearl Street.
- Students parking in the new lot near the baseball complex will exit the parking area, turn right on Howard Clemmons Road, and then turn right on Crossland Road.
Students and parents can expect minor delays in bus service during this temporary period due to expected traffic congestion, according to Granbury ISD transportation director Terry Slemmons. This only impacts secondary campuses for grades 6-12.
In March, it is planned that a new parking area at the southwest end of the campus will be complete and ready for bus staging and additional parking. “If everyone can help us get through the next couple of months, many of the traffic and parking issues will be alleviated,” Ross commented.
Assisting the school in the development of the temporary procedures was the Buford-Thompson Company, the construction manager at-risk for all GISD bond projects that is working alongside the Huckabee architectural firm. In addition, the Granbury Police Department will also be providing assistance with traffic for the safety of students, parents, staff, and other motorists.
The overall bond project at the high school will last through the summer of 2016, and future parking and traffic procedures will be announced as construction progresses.
Additional information about the bond initiative is available at www.granburyisd.org/bond.
Links to Related Information:Previous News Articles:
- 11/3/2014: Trustees Approve Construction Price for GHS Transformation, Two Elementary Gyms
- 8/19/2014: Business Team Hears GHS Transformation Plan
- 7/14/2014: Trustees Review High School Transformation Plan
- 6/19/2014: Superintendent Discusses Summer Construction Projects
- 6/16/2014: Construction on Secure School Entries Begins
- 6/4/2014: Trustees Approve Construction Price for Secure School Entries
- 11/6/2013: GISD Voters Approve Bond Propositions