With new school construction comes growing pains and one major pain, according to Roosevelt School teacher Ann Barney, is the parking situation for the South End school. She presented her concerns to the City Council Monday night.
I come before you tonight as a collective voice for the Roosevelt Family. I ask that you please listen to our concerns regarding the parking at the new Roosevelt School. There is NOT enough safe, secure parking.
Currently, our building has 62 identified parking spots. This is not enough. We have approximately 80 people who work at Roosevelt. Our parking lot is filled with illegally parked cars, and teachers have to park on the surrounding side streets.
The new school calls for 30 onsite spots and 20 offsite; of the 30 onsite spaces, three will be reserved for Administration and three will be handicapped. This leaves 24 parking spots for teachers.
The offsite parking lot will accommodate 20 cars. This gives a total of 44 parking spots for teachers. Like I said, we now have 62 spots that are not enough and you want to provide us with 44?
Also, the offsite parking lot is far from the front door. It is a .4 of a mile walk. To get to the school, teachers will have to cross two streets. The parking lot is also across the street from a liquor store, and part of a walk we have to pass a drug and alcohol treatment center. Not exactly the safest area. During the winter, who will be in charge of snow and ice removal? Will custodians now have to shovel to our offsite lot?
It is often dark before and after school and the parking lot is very dark and isolated. Certainly the offsite lot is not a place that you would want your mother, wife or daughter walking to.
The teacher’s contract under article 7 Working Conditions specifically state:
7.7 Teacher Facilities 7.7b adequate parking at every school through; purchase of adjacent land, if possible, and agreement with the Police Department concerning parking procedures.
Clearly this article in the teacher’s contract is being violated. There is not adequate parking, and the offsite parking lot is not adjacent to school rather almost a half mile away.
Getting rid of the soccer field would solve the parking problem for teachers, staff, parents and visitors. But the Mayor wants a leasable, artificial turf soccer field that does not belong to Roosevelt School. Great! So now let’s work together and find an answer to the parking. We could look at the four houses still on Myrtle Ave. But since they were not included in the original scope of the project, I doubt the city is willing to pick up the tab for eminent domain.
The Roosevelt School Community is asking you for help in resolving this parking and safety issue.