GHAPS considers land options

Some days, Kip Klintworth sits in traffic for five minutes trying to get out of the Grand Haven High School campus.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 1, 2013

Klintworth’s traffic frustrations could soon be addressed as Grand Haven Area Public Schools officials look into options regarding the 38 acres behind the high school campus that the district purchased nearly a year ago.

Superintendent Keith Konarska said the focus in recent months has been in evaluating options for creating an entrance and exit for the high school campus. Konarska said they hope to improve traffic flow, increase safety and add parking near the baseball complex.

Konarska said the current configuration creates a considerable amount of congestion at the beginning and end of school days, in addition to major events at the high school.

Currently, all traffic flows out to Ferris Street.

Klintworth, whose nephew attends the high school, said they use the driveway closest to U.S. 31 for an easier and faster way to leave the campus. The Spring Lake resident favors an additional driveway.

“Everyone is trying to get out at the same time,” he said.

The district purchased the land for $265,000, with a loan at 1.85 percent interest.

See the land document > Click the RELATED FILE below this story to download the PDF.

Each year, the district pays about $29,000 from the capital budget for the land.

If the money wasn’t used for the property, Konarska said it would go toward other improvements or equipment purchases.

Konarska said the loan will be paid off within 10 years.

District officials had looked at buying the land when the high school was being built in the 1990s, and again a few years later when the athletic complex was being constructed.

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Comments

newspaperlawyer

How about just having the school and Twp funded OCSD deputies out directing the traffic during these hours. Sounds like a fast and easy plan.

GH55

Spring Lake resident going to the Grand Haven High School? I can cut your problem down by more than 5 minutes, attend a high school in your town!
We have already spent millions making the School of Choice easier for the fleet of SUV's to take kids to schools not in their area.

DKS523

GH55, I am sure he live in Spring Lake, but is in the GH school district. This is the boundary map of Lake Hills Elementary. http://www.ghaps.org/maps/lakehi...

GH55

It appears he lives on the east side of Spring Lake, in the Spring Lake school district. WhitePages.com
I still don't understand why so many kids have to drive to school.

H M

Oh no!!! 5 whole minutes? Really???

Barry Soetoro

....and then heads north on US-31/Beacon Blvd. and sits in traffic for 30 minutes on his way back to Spring Lake...

WhatTheHeck

Are you just assuming that the student lives in Spring Lake?

Vladtheimp

Maybe all high school students who don't need a car for an after school job or some other valid reason, should have to take the buses that we pay for. Maybe otherwise they shouldn't be b*tching about having to take 5 minutes out of their busy lives to wait for traffic patterns.

If they ever leave Grand Haven and go to any metropolitan area, they'll pray to have that 5 minute wait.

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