SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In the open public comment session, multiple Springfield parents made their voices heard and requested a remedy to what they say is a major problem at Walton School on Mountain Avenue at the recent board of education meeting.
Their issue stems from the crowded morning drop-off and pickup situations, where lines of cars snake out around the parking lot and onto Mountain Avenue in both directions. While no incidents have happened yet, the possibility of an injury or worse occurring is the concern of parents.
Michele Cerciello, a parent, recently moved to Springfield and has one student in the district, her four-and-a-half-year-old son. She was one of the speakers in the open comments session of the meeting who expressed her concerns. For Cerciello, the safety of everyone involved is the key issue at stake.
“My concern is the safety, not just for the children but for the safety of all our administrators that are in the parking lot, our parents [and] our pedestrians,” Cerciello said. “It’s just not a safe environment, where parents are distracted cutting across to exit, where parents are dropping their students off and where other parents are walking in their students.”
Cerciello added, “I am hopeful that the Walton administration, teachers, the board of education and Mr. Davino will work together with the parents of this community to provide a safer solution for the parking lot.”
Superintendent Michael Davino said that the school district would be looking into the matter
“We’re always looking at solutions,” Davino said to TAPinto Springfield. “If people believe they have a solution, they present it. We will have it evaluated by engineers and traffic studies.”
Davino also said that any reasonable input would be welcomed to help move the district forward on the matter.
The other major order of business involved the announcement of goals at each school in the district for the rest of the school year.
Jonathan Dayton principal Dr. Norman Francis was joined at the meeting by fellow principals Timothy Kielty of Gaudineer Middle School, David Rennie and Michael Plias from Caldwell and Sandmeier Elementary Schools and Dr. Adriana Coppola from Walton, all of whom read out the goals they were looking to accomplish. Most goals involved student safety and technological immersion, as well as several grade-specific reading benchmarks for the youngest students.
The next board of education meeting is October 15 at 7:30 p.m.