Steve Hampton, safe schools coordinator for Iredell-Statesville Schools, opened his presentation about Lake Norman High School at Monday's Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting with a joke.
"I was hired in 2009, and I think I worked all day before I heard complaints about Lake Norman
said on the worst days people have been stuck in the parking lot past 4:15 p.m., more than an hour after school lets out.
In the meantime, Hampton
said they fixed as many problems as possible.
"Everywhere that there's been a problem we have worked with the folks down there," Hampton
But the greatest improvement, and what has trimmed the clearing of the parking lot down to between 3:45 and 3:48 p.m., Hampton
said, was mixing in the cars with the buses.
Before this year, LNHS
was sending all its buses out of the parking lot at one time.
When the buses got lined up at the Doolie Road and Highway 150 intersection, they held up traffic because buses are not allowed to turn right on red, which 31 of the 36 buses must do at that light.
Not only were the buses taking several cycles to get through the light, their slow pace was shortening the length of time the light was green for all the parents and students behind them.
"We were shooting ourselves in the foot...because the light at Doolie Road was reading that as light traffic," Hampton
said, which meant there was 30 seconds less of green light each cycle than there should have been.
said outside of a few students who lose patience and drive unsafely, he
is pleased for now with the traffic at the school.
"We love what it is doing right now," Hampton