SAUGUS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Residents are fed up with the traffic and parking issues caused by parents and students driving to Saugus Middle-High School.
The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on May 11 to discuss the traffic rules surrounding the school, on Highland Avenue and Pierce Memorial Drive.
Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli said he believed the easiest way to solve the problem is by having a staggered pick-up system.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. David DeRuosi Jr. was skeptical with that idea, saying the school should remain with its current start times to avoid creating double traffic patterns for parents with students in both the middle and high school.
DeRuosi Jr. claimed that instead they are working on a plan for more bus offerings to help with the problem.
While adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, Saugus Public Schools brought a total of 2,700 students back to in-person learning this spring. However, some residents told WBZ NewsRadio that the school did not inform them about the change in traffic and parking patterns as they brough student back into the classroom.
"All those cars that are there, don't belong there," a resident said.
A resident said that there are so many cars on the side streets that it would be "nearly impossible" to get an emergency vehicle through.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports: