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Traffic changes coming near city school

A Dunkirk City Schools reconfiguration plan that takes place in September will impact motorists in the area around the former middle school building.

James Stoyle, Third Ward council member, said during a Public Safety Committee meeting last week municipal officials were asked to help control traffic in the area by district officials. The building will now house students from grades three to six.

“This is going to be a big change in their lives and for a lot of these kids,” Stoyle said.

School officials said the change will bring about 600 children to the building. Because they will be younger, new traffic patterns around the block are also expected.

David Ortolano, city police chief, urged caution near the building as a four-way stop will soon be placed at Eagle and Fifth streets. In addition, the parent drop-off location at the school will be on Swan Street with the loop on Eagle Street being used for buses.

“It’s going to be a big undertaking,” he said. “There’s a lot of work around that campus, there’s going to be a lot more kids around that campus coming up this year. My main goal as well as the city’s is the safety of the children … who will now be attending that school.”

Dunkirk schools in June approved a plan that utilizes Schools 3, 5 and 7 for kindergarten to grade two and moves the middle school grades to the current high school on Sixth Street. There grades seven to 12 will be housed.

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