BHS traffic pattern to change

    Morning and afternoon traffic flows at Bellmont High School will be altered later this month in an attempt to reduce vehicular and pedestrian congestion immediately south of the high school entrance.
    North Adams Community Schools' business manager Larry Carty announced the pending changes during Tuesday night's regular school board meeting. He said the changes, which are also intended to accommodate school buses as they leave the Bellmont campus, will be implemented during this year's fall break on October 29.
    Carty said gates are being constructed to close off current exits from two parking lots south of the school. Traffic coordinators will direct students and parents as the new flow patterns are put in place, he said.
    "I think this is going to make a huge improvement in the area in front of the school," said Carty. He said a map of the new traffic flow pattern is being developed and will be made available to students and the public. The map will also be posted on the school's website.
    Carty also reported to the board that cracks have been detected in the upper floor of the C Wing at the high school, prompting school officials to call in engineers from the StructureTec firm for a complete structural analysis of the building. Carty said the deficiencies appear to be similar to those found last year at the middle school building, which he said were caused primarily by settling of the building. The cost of the middle school repairs was approximately $250,000, Carty said.
    In personnel matters on Tuesday, the board granted maternity leave to Dana Tuttle and Rachel Gumbel, and approved the hiring of Pamela Cary as a parttime food service worker at Bellmont High School.