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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Drivers at HHS pass first test

  • On the first day of school Tuesday at Hannibal High School, drivers had their first test on how to properly enter and exit the south parking lot. Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district, gave motorists a passing grade.
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  • On the first day of school Tuesday at Hannibal High School, drivers had their first test on how to properly enter and exit the south parking lot. Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district, gave motorists a passing grade.
    “Things went as smooth as we could expect. It does put a smile on our face,” he said. “Our parking supervisor said it went as smooth as she could ever remember.”
    While drivers received a high score, it wasn’t a perfect score.
    “There was one little blip (Tuesday morning). Someone tried to turn left and bogged it up for just a minute,” said Stilley.
    Despite all the new signage that prohibits left turns out of the parking lot, two vehicles were observed turning left onto McMasters Avenue after school dismissed. Those vehicles made left turns despite the fact a Police Department vehicle was parked near the lot’s exit point.
    No penalty has been established by district officials for those who repeatedly ignore the new traffic pattern.
    “We haven’t gone that far yet,” said Stilley.
    Still, as far as getting drivers in and out of the south parking lot, Stilley called it a success.
    “We had all the students in who were driving by 7:40 (a.m.) and when we released school this afternoon basically the parking lot was empty by 2:40 (p.m.),” he said.
    Stilley wants the public to keep in mind why the district undertook the traffic-flow changes.
    “It’s just so important that we continue to focus on why we did it - keeping the kids, faculty and staff safe,” he said.
    Reportedly three traffic accidents involving students occurred at Brookside Drive and McMasters during the past school year. According to MoDOT statistics, 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles go by the highschool on McMasters daily.
     

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