Oysterponds BOE votes in new speed zone signs

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The Oysterponds school board has approved an agreement with the state to install new school speed zone signs.

New school speed zone signs are coming to Main Road in Orient near the Oysterponds Elementary School.

Superintendent Richard Malone said during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that the updated signs are needed because he’s seen cars speeding by the elementary school.

The current 30-mph signs are in effect weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The town’s speed limit outside the school zone is 40 mph.

“I think it’s in the wisest interest of the children and parents here,” Mr. Malone said about upgrading the signs.

Timers will be installed to ensure yellow lights flash on the signs while school is in session. There isn’t a plan to install signs that inform drivers how fast they’re traveling, school officials said.

The school board unanimously approved the one-year contract with the state Department of Transportation, which is expected to cost the district $1,252. All work to repair any damage or destruction done to the new signs will be the state’s responsibility, Mr. Malone said.

In other district news, the school board unanimously approved the second phase of the district’s technology infrastructure project. The nearly $68,600 plan includes installing a new network, servers and phone system and adding wireless access points in each classroom. In May, representatives from Switch Technologies of Rocky Point gave a presentation about the school building’s technical infrastructure and suggested the district replace portions of its system.

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