DIXON – When parents pull up to Reagan Middle School to drop off their kids for the first day of school Wednesday, they will notice some changes in traffic flow.
The eastbound lane in the 600 block of Division Street is now one-way, and diagonal parking stalls have been created.
A new stop sign has been installed on Division Street for eastbound traffic at the exit of the school. White arrows are painted on the road that winds around the school to guide parents.
Click here to see a larger version of the traffic flow outline.
The new traffic patterns are in place because of the increased number of students that will be in the area.
With the closure of Lincoln School, the second- and third-grade students were moved to Jefferson Elementary School.
The fourth- and fifth-grade students were moved to Madison Elementary School – which is on same campus as Reagan Middle School.
“We now have fourth- through eighth-grade students all on that campus,” said Mike Juenger, superintendent of the school district. “Because of that, there are more students in that area.”
Student population at the school has increased from 800 students to roughly 1,100.
Seventh and eighth grade dropoff will be on Division Street in the diagonal parking area. Parents also may enter Reagan Middle School’s main entrance and drop off their child at the small parking lot/playground area on the west side of the school.
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade dropoff will be on the one-way road entering the school near the basketball courts.
Parents dropping off students on the road that travels around the school will be required to follow the white arrows and turn down the back lane of the teacher’s parking lot.
No cars will be allowed to drive past the buses.