DANBURY — Trustees approved plans to expand the Danbury High School parking lot through an interlocal agreement from the county.
Construction at the site of the new elementary school discourages students from parking in front of the fieldhouse, relocating them to park in the gravel driveway next to the high school, Superintendent Greg Anderson said. That has left parking at a premium, with available space often filled, he said.
While not every student drives to school, some of the upcoming high school classes have more students, meaning more drivers, Anderson said.
“Last year we had 758 total students and it’s just grown to one of the highest numbers this year with 800 students,” Anderson said. “The incoming freshman class has 74 students.”
School board member Ken Piper said the parking lot is something he’s been pushing for a long time.
“We’ve done really well with our sports lately, and there’s nowhere to park for games,” Piper said. “We’ve certainly needed this update.”
Engineers are working on design plans to asphalt the gravel parkway and the grassy area next to it all the way up to the football field, Anderson said.
“Because the grassy area is not currently covered with rock, we have to get approval from the drainage district,” Anderson said about concerns the pavement could increase the risk of flooding.
Engineers have some options on how they can offset the water in the ground, including adding a detention pond for runoff, Anderson said. Once the design plans are ready and the drainage district approves the work, construction will be done in two phases, Anderson said.
While he hopes the parking expansion would be completed by this fall, that will depend on the availability of county workers, Anderson said.
“Flooding has been a major concern for the county right now, but we’ve already sent a request to them to have the project done. So once they have time, they’ll come and asphalt everything for us,” Anderson said.
The expansion will cost $222,544 and be paid using the district’s fund balance, Anderson said.