MCAA parents request walkway overhang for safety
by Lindsay Field
February 14, 2013 12:32 AM | 2724 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of a parent-teacher group are asking the city school system to build an overhang along the front walkway at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, where students are picked up and dropped off by bus or car each day.

It’s a matter of safety, they said.

Marietta dentist Dr. Paul Gilreath said they were asking for the overhang because children not only have very little space to stand outside on rainy days but they could be injured running to and from the buses and cars during pickup and drop off.

“This could be a real liability issue, safety-wise,” Gilreath said to the Marietta Board of Education.

MCAA Principal Jennifer Hernandez said they haven’t had any major accidents reported, but are hoping the overhang will prevent the possibility of one.

Gilreath also said traffic backs up along Aviation Road in front of the school on bad-weather days and pickup goes from a 15-minute to 25-minute ordeal.

“That is the worst scenario out there,” said board member Tony Fasola about the single entrance and exit into the school. “I think we should maybe look at a long-term fix if we can.”

The overhang would extend from the front of the school and run south toward Aviation Road.

Danny Smith, Marietta’s director of maintenance and operations, is working with his staff to determine the cost of the project.

The board will have approximately 60 days to review and approve a recommendation from Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck and her staff.

The Marietta school board also unanimously approved the purchase of more than $718,000 worth of desktop computers and laptops in a continued effort to increase the number of computers available to students.

They approved two separate contracts with Dell, one to purchase 410 laptops with five-year warranties for Marietta Middle School for $313,650, and a second to purchase 26 laptops and a cart for $20,568.23 for Burruss Elementary School.

They also approved a third contract, valued at $383,900 with a five-year warranty, to buy 1,100 refurbished desktop computers from System Liquidations Inc. of New Jersey to replace older ones at all 11 Marietta City schools.

In addition to these three purchases, the board unanimously approved a $1.7 million initiative for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to meet technology goals set by the district’s Technology Innovation Committee formed in 2012 to help create more opportunities for one-to-one computer access for “basic skill development.”

The purchases and initiative will be paid with federal and SPLOST III funds.
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