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.
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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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