ConVal Schools

Parking lot won’t be finished by fall

Restriping will change traffic pattern

FRANCESTOWN — ConVal Supt. Brendan Minnihan told the Select Board on Monday that the parking lot project at the ConVal High School will not be completed by the fall.

The superintendent said he came to the meeting with the intent to answer any questions asked of him. Board members asked Minnihan on Monday if he had any new information regarding the LGC refund check for ConVal. Minnihan replied that he only knows that there will be more discussion of what to do with the money at the School Board’s Sept. 5 meeting. He then broached the subject of the “famous parking lot,” as he described it.

“We’ll have the first phase of the project done by the fall and then we’ll be hobbling through the rest,” Minnihan said at Monday’s meeting.

“All they did was pave over the old parking lot,” Selectmen Scott Carbee said in response to Minnihan’s answer.

“So it would seem,” Minnihan replied.

On Wednesday, ConVal Facilities Director Tim Grossi confirmed that the second phase of the parking lot project, which involves completely tearing up the parking areas in order to replace the underlying materials before repaving, will not be done this year. In June, after bids for the project came in much higher than anticipated, the School Board approved a two-phase process. This summer, access lanes for school buses and a lane for parents to pick up and drop off students are being built, walkways are being added along the front of the gymnasium wing down to the athletic fields and the apron in front of the entrance is being rebuilt and made more accessible.

“By the beginning of school, phase 1 will be all wrapped up,” Grossi said. “The parking lot itself will be patched to make it suitable for student traffic. The rest is on hold for financing. Whatever is determined on that, we’ll have to wait until next summer to do the work.”

Grossi said he expected the patching of the worst areas of the lot will cost about $5,300.

He said the lot needs to be restriped, which will be done based on the traffic plan for the remodeled lot. So students and teachers can expect to see a different traffic pattern when they return to school on Aug. 29.

Dave Anderson contributed to this report.

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