Most Mary Lin parents probably know about it from a zillion or so comments on the Lin PTA Facebook page, but other commuters should be aware of a potential big change in CP's morning traffic patterns: Lin Principal Brian Mitchell has announced a new policy, starting in December, to end parent dropoffs from the northbound lane of Candler Park Drive. Please be aware that the change could ripple onto Oakdale Road and the nearby cross streets.
From Mitchell's announcement in the Mary Lin PTA Rocket:
In a separate, but related move, Mitchell said he also plans to discontinue the use of crossing guards at Candler Park Drive, from the golf course side to the school. Apparently, the crossing isn't sanctioned because it's not an official crosswalk. Part of the problem is that there's no sidewalk on the golfcourse side of the street, and crosswalks must terminate at sidewalks on both sides. (I should note, for what it's worth, that the Candler Park Master Plan
does recommend a sidewalk there.)
The changes will allow four or five teachers or Mary Lin staff members to continue to park close to the school by occupying on-street parking spaces that currently are used as part of the dropoff process. The back lot where teachers had parked is being disrupted by construction.
Some Lin parents are complaining that, in an effort to enhance the convenience of a few teachers, the move will cause traffic jams to ripple through the cross-streets and onto Oakdale, and that it also endangers children because they'll no longer enjoy crossing-guard protection.
Parents are appealing to Mitchell to consider these repercussions. The Mary Lin Building Committee is planning to meet with the school administration about this issue on a week from today (Monday, Dec. 2) at 1 pm at the school; this is an open meeting.
The best place to keep track of the issue is likely to be that PTA Facebook page
. Please feel free to comment on this topic here if you have updates, ideas or concerns, particularly as this pertains to the neighborhood.