More parking available

DuBois Area School District substitute Superintendent Wendy Benton and Maintenance Director Steve Dunlap are shown just outside the Administrative Center on Liberty Boulevard, where Dunlap and his team have transformed the former Osburn lot by cleaning the paved surface, repairing the fence and established an additional 51 parking spaces for events. To the left, a handicapped accessible ramp will be built.

Late last year, the DuBois Area School Board approved the $240,000 purchase of the former Osburn property on Liberty Boulevard beside the Administrative Center. Recently, the employees from the DuBois Area School District’s maintenance department have transformed the former Osburn lot by cleaning the paved surface, repairing the fence and establishing an additional 51 parking spaces for events, according to substitute Superintendent Wendy Benton.

In addition, the maintenance team created an adjoining sidewalk as a convenient walkway between the two parking lots for visitors to the school district, said Benton at last week’s board work session, a non-voting meeting.

Benton said she asked maintenance Director Steve Dunlap if the project could be completed by May 1 because the district will be hosting the Special Olympics at Mansell Stadium.

At least 300 athletes — the most ever — are expected to be participating in the Special Olympics on May 1, according to Benton.

Including event helpers, she said the district is anticipating approximately 600 people to attend this year’s Special Olympics.

“The additional parking will be beneficial,” she said.

“I’m very grateful for the collaborative efforts of our maintenance team to complete this project ahead of schedule,” said Benton when contacted after the meeting. “The team takes great pride in their work and their talents show in the finished product.”

Directors approved the agreement of sale of the property located at 522 Liberty Boulevard at their November of 2018 meeting, with Margaret S. Osburn and Penny J. Osburn.

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