SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — SAD 35 is taking steps to help ease traffic congestion in South Berwick’s downtown business district, according to information provided at the board of directors meeting Wednesday.
As part of efforts to reduce traffic, three new bus stops were added in and near the downtown for students of Central Elementary School on Main Street.
“One is located by Fogarty’s Restaurant and another is by Cummings Mill,” said John Caverly, chief operating officer for the school district. “We are hoping that parents use these bus stops instead of dropping off their children at Central Elementary School in the morning.”
School drop-offs have been cited as a contributing factor to slow-moving morning rush hour traffic downtown. The issue is such a concern for residents and businesses that an ad hoc traffic committee is being considered by town government to seek solutions.
For parents who still prefer dropping their children off at Central School, cars are now being directed to the adjacent town library parking lot. It is hoped this will reduce instances of motor vehicles idling in front of the school as children are dropped off, easing another source of congestion.
In other business
The board congratulated recently retired Marshwood High School wrestling coach Matt Rix for being named 2017-2018 Wrestling Coach of the Year by the Maine Principals’ Association and National Federation of High School Associations.
“This is a very special and deserving honor for coach Rix,” said board Chairwoman Kerri Tice.
In a financial report to the board, it was announced losses from the district’s food services are “half of what they were last year,” according to board member Joe Long. The district will also soon receive reimbursements for federal Title 1 and Title 2 grants.
In her report to the board, student Makenna James said Marshwood High’s Interact Club is conducting a winter gear drive to collect gently used boots, coats, hats, gloves and similar items for distribution to families in need.
The MHS Quiz Show Team’s competition was filmed Dec. 15 and will be broadcast on Maine Public Television in February.