DuBOIS — Additional parking is going to be added at the former Highland Street Elementary property near the ballfield.
The DuBois Area School Board approved a quote to add more parking spaces at Highland with the work to be completed by Muth Excavation, of Punxsutawney, at a cost of $11,300.
Director Tim Deluccia asked how many additional spaces will this create.
“What they’re going to do is take the current parking lot that’s on the district property and extend that parking lot where the grass is, dig up the grass and take it down to the solid base and put down stone and limestone,” said Superintendent Luke Lansberry. “They’re not going to pave it but they’re going to make a solid base so that when springtime hits, cars are not parking on the grass, they’re actually parking on a hard surface.”
“It won’t be marked off and numbered but it’s extending the current parking lot so that guests that come to the games won’t need to park in the Highland parking lot since Pyramid will own it,” Lansberry said. “Although I did talk with them and they said they wouldn’t have any problem with that, but I just though it would be a kind thing to do that we add a parking lot for our ball field so that, you know, we’re not taking advantage of our neighbors.”
Deluccia asked if the district will be paving it at a future date.
“I don’t see that at this point,” Lansberry said. “I mean, that’d be a board decision on down the road, but I don’t see why it would be necessary. I’ve been to many ballfields that don’t have paved parking lots so I’m sure it would be a decision in the future.”
Earlier this month, the sale of the former Highland Street school building was approved by the Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas. Pyramid Healthcare Inc. purchased the building for 90 percent of the appraised value which is a fair market value of $171,000. Prior to the sale, the district subdivided the property and still owns the ball field and a piece of extra acreage.