Bridgeport Education Association President Rob Traber is scheduled to address the City Council Monday night regarding parking at the new Roosevelt School in the South End. In a related commentary retired city firefighter Andy Fardy raises questions about school parking.
I have a question, who is in charge of designing the new schools in Bridgeport? I know it’s an architect but who furnishes what the school needs are?
We have a new Roosevelt school being built where the former school is located. We are building a larger version of the old school. Why? The majority of kids who attend this school are from Marina Village. We will be tearing down Marina Village and these kids from Marina will be settled all over the city. So why the need for a big school?
The next problem is there is not enough parking for the staff who will be at the new school. The original plans called for enough parking but they were changed to accommodate a new soccer field with an astroturf-like surface. Why did this happen? Mayor Bill Finch ordered the plans changed to accommodate this new $900,000 field.
What do many of the staff do now for parking? Well some wizard in the BOE decided staff could park under the thruway at Park Ave & South Ave. Well I measured the distance from the new school entrance to the suggested parking lot and it is exactly 1/2 mile. So now teachers of all different ages and physical conditioning can walk the 1/2 mile to the new entrance in freezing, rainy weather. You can bet none of the big shots at city hall would ever have to do this. This is just another example of the half-assed things that are done in the city.