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Published: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 2:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 2:42 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — It was a game of dueling engineers Wednesday night at the Spring Valley Elementary School Board meeting as board member and civil engineer Jack Kusek and JFK addition civil engineer Don Defrates volleyed back and forth on each of their plans for parking and student dropoff.

“It’s one of the loose ends,” architect Bill Van Dusen said.

Before the district can release the plans for the addition to go out for bid, the board members need to make a decision on the parking lot layout.

DeFrates’ plan included a two-way roadway that allowed parents several access points for leaving and ease of parking. The plan included room for 134 spaces and room for 29 stacked cars during pickup and dropoff.

Kusek’s plan was a single lane of traffic and included room for 109 parking spaces and 52 stacked cars during pickup and dropoff.

DeFrates said it would take about two weeks of additional planning if the board wanted to switch plans this late in the game.

“My primary focus was one of safety,” Kusek said. “It just seemed to be chaos in both directions.”

Kusek worried with the two lanes of traffic, it may increase the risk of children being injured by passing cars.

After much deliberation, the board chose a compromise. The board went with the original design but to change the grading for drainage, so if the board decided to change to Kusek’s plan in a year or two, then it could be done easily.

Van Dusen said the plans are about 99 percent complete, and he’s working with the subcontractors to coordinate the drawings before releasing it for bid. There will be a special meeting of the board at a later date to vote on releasing the bid packages.

The board has been concerned about the parking and drop off situation since the beginning of the planning phase, and Kusek was disappointed there wasn’t a special meeting earlier to discuss the varying plans, so he didn’t have to create one on his own.

“We were concerned about this from Day 1,” Kusek said.

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