GT Norman Elementary to change student pickup area

BIG RAPIDS — Although most students at G.T. Norman Elementary School are anxious to get home after a long day, parents are just as anxious to pick them up to hear about what they learned.

The problem, however, is nearly 100 cars all trying to pick up their students at the same time.

“The pickup and drop off is safer and better than it has been in the past, but it still is causing a traffic jam at pick up time,” said Tim Webster Reed City Area Public Schools superintendent. “The biggest problem we are having is that school is out at 3:15 p.m. and parents usually show up at 2 p.m. It turns into a traffic nightmare.”

The school plans to create a driveway by the basketball courts and out onto Higbee Road. It will be designed as a one-way pick up for second- and third-grade students. Cars will enter off of Higbee and exit at Lincoln Avenue.

Webster discussed the driveway with administration at G.T. Norman and presented the project to the school board Thursday.

According to Webster, costs are estimated to be around $400 and should be ready for use after spring break.

In other news, the board recognized the Mathcounts team. One Reed City Middle School student made the top three out of 120 other students from multiple different schools. He went to the state competition in Warren.

The board also discussed the approval of 70 new Chromebooks — 30 of which will go to RCMS and 40 will go to RCHS.

“The Chromebooks will really help us with the M-STEP coming up,” said Dean McGuire, principal of Reed City Middle School.