It took a tragedy, but changes are being made to the traffic pattern at Rham middle and high school parking lot.
School officials in Hebron have spent the summer hearing from consultants and debating what could be done to make the daily dropoffs and pickups safer.
Earlier this year, 65-year-old teacher Dawn Mallory was struck by a car in that parking lot and later died as a result of her injuries, which has sparked proactive discussions about the traffic patterns at the schools.
"This was a significant priority during the summer," said Region 8 School Superintendent Bob Siminski.
Police said parent Elizabeth Everett was dropping off her son in an area designated solely for school buses, and was traveling at least 14 miles per hour when she allegedly struck Mallory.
Court documents showed that police found alcohol in Everett's system.
Since the death, the community has been attending meetings and has voiced their opinions about the traffic patterns and suggestions to separate the buses from the cars, which has already happened, with clearly marked locations.
"That's the ultimate goal of the plan," Siminski said.
Rham starts school on Wednesday, and there will be dozens of new signs in the parking lot. There will be a raised crosswalk installed and more parking will be opened up.
Parent Joanne Hunt said she drops her son off at school every day and will continue to until changes are made.
"With the speed bumps, everybody's awareness has to be raised. They're everywhere," Hunt said.
There are 73 signs that will be installed before the end of September. Long term changes are also in the works and that could include major renovations to the entire flow of the lot.
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Monday, September 15 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:00:00 GMT
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