On Tuesday, April 14, while schools were closed for the spring break, Joe Williams, transportation supervisor for the Farmingdale School District, met with Atlantic Express Bus Company officials to conduct a test run of the new proposed parking lot at the back of Farmingdale High School. The capacity of the proposed parking lot was tested to ensure that the space would adequately provide for the 41-bus student arrival and dismissal.
"After dropping students off at the high school, all district buses are used for the middle, elementary and private school student routes. This requires that the arrival and dismissal at the high school be done in a timely fashion. We believe that the new parking lot will be a wonderful and safe addition to the high school," said Williams.
The proposed parking changes have been made to reposition student and staff parking, to make the bus loading and unloading space safer and more convenient for students. Members of the Farmingdale High School Traffic Safety Committee, comprised of district-wide and building staff, administration, and faculty, as well as PTA and community members, have been meeting for several months to discuss the proposed plan.
Paul Defendini, Assistant Superintendent for Business said, "The Farmingdale School District continues to put the safety and welfare of students as our highest priority. I commend the work of each of the committee members in pursuit of a safer and more efficient system."
The district thanks Atlantic Express Bus Company for providing the drivers that participated and buses that were used in the test run on April 14.