OSWEGO, NY – Student safety is a major focus in the Oswego City School District and another step to protect Oswego High School students will be implemented on January 22.
There will be a new parking pattern along Buccaneer Boulevard in the area adjacent to the main door of Oswego High School.
Transportation Supervisor Bill Myer said, “When I took this position I noticed that there were several areas of concern and the bus pick-up parking at Oswego High School was one of them. I felt this could present a safety issue. Buses parked staggered side-by-side. In my opinion this was a potentially dangerous situation as students were walking between buses to get to their buses to be transported home.”
Continuing he said, “We have had angled-in parking at Oswego Middle School and it has proven to be effective, safe and efficient. That is what we are introducing at Oswego High School. However, in order to accomplish that task we needed to adjust the parking situation in the area.”
New signs have been put in place which designates that from 1:45-2:45 p.m. the area along Buccaneer Boulevard, from the entrance to the Frederick Leighton Elementary School parking lot to the OHS Liberty Street parking lot, would be a tow away zone.
Myer noted, “Any cars parked in the area across from the high school between 1:45-2:45 p.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense. We need to focus on the safety of our students and the new pick-up procedure is a step in that direction.”
In order for this new pattern to be successful there can’t be any cars parked in that area from 1:45-2:45 p.m.
The area also has other times of limited parking.
For all of the students being dropped off and picked-up at the Frederick Leighton Elementary School there is no parking along Buccaneer Boulevard from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and from 3-3:45 p.m.
Parking is allowed for all times outside of the posted times.
Myer noted he apologizes for any inconvenience this might present, but noted, “It is a matter of safety first and this is being done to protect the health and safety of our students.”