Parking Lot ‘Chaos’ a Concern for PG Parents
Prince Georg e, B.C. – Safety in and around school parking lots will be a topic of discussion when parents meet with school trustees next week.
Gillian Burnett, president of the Prince George District Parent Advisory Council, expressed her concerns at this week’s monthly public school board meeting.
At the meeting, she called on trustees to help arrange some sessions regarding possible “workable solutions” concerning “the congestion and chaos around schools in the morning and afternoon when drop-off and pick-up occur.”
“There are not many schools that escape this phenomenon twice a day,” she added. “But it is more prevalent at schools offering a choice program. These programs enrol students from the entire district and transportation is not provided.”
Burnett said changes to city by-laws and bicycle lanes is “causing even more tensions.”
She suggested the sessions could include PACs from affected schools such as Spruceland, Ecole Lac des Bois, Polaris Montessori and even comprise representatives from the city and ICBC.
Reached for comment after the meeting, Prince George School Board chair Tim Bennett said parking lot congestion is a topic “that both our senior staff and the Board have been working on over the past couple of years.”
“We expanded the parking lot at Lac des Bois and at the same time that school is designated to grow and there’s still significant congestion,” he said. “So, it is something the district needs to look at, we need to look at options, we need to look at how we can encourage families, where possible, walk to school for example. But it’s a community conversation.”