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School Board To Discuss Entrances

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LEWES, De. - Neighbors on Route 24 in the Lewes area tell WBOC that traffic can be a real problem at times. And for this reason, many residents are keeping a close eye on the developing plans for the new elementary school in the area. 

The new Cape Henlopen Elementary School would be located across from the Beacon Middle School, just north of Route 24. And on Thursday, the school board is expected to discuss potential entrances for the site. 

Superintendent Bob Fulton said that a Route 24 entrance, adjacent to the entrance to Beacon is something that most board members are in agreement about. The question he said will be discussed at the meeting is a second entrance on Mulberry Knoll Road, which is east of the plot of land. 

Delaware State Police is going to build their Troop 7 barracks adjacent to that location, and are requesting to merge their entrance with the school's Mulberry Knoll entrance. Fulton explains the range of ideas for this location. 

"The range for the second entrance could be from nothing at this point," he said "To a future connection to the state police entrance to a full fledged entrance with busses and those kinds of things. Which I don't recommend having a full entrance with busses or large volume of vehicles. Because the majority of our students and parents and busses are going to be coming from the opposite direction." 

Fulton said that the school board is aware of the community concerns over traffic, but said that he was optimistic the school wouldn't exacerbate the problem. 

"We feel as if schools are always good neighbors," he said. "We're going to bring school busses with a lot of kids on them instead of many, many cars. And we're going to work with neighbors. We're going to work with the community. And work with DelDOT and State Police to make sure this is as good as possible as we move forward with designing." 

Wednesday morning WBOC caught up with neighbor Mary Ann Ronald who owns a stable adjacent to the Beacon Middle School. She said traffic was already a major concern in the area. 

"The traffic on Route 24 is just about at full peak," she said. 

She said the Mulberry Knoll Road entrance would be a smart addition. 

"In my mind the more entrances they can make the better," she said. "Because as much traffic as you can divert off of Route 24, the better you can be." 

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