Leetsdale Mayor Warns Motorists: We Will Ticket You

Mayor Pete Poninsky said police will be present outside the high school, cracking down on traffic violations at the start of the school year.

parents may want to think twice about stopping in the middle of Beaver Street to drop off students at the high school.

Leetsdale Mayor Pete Poninsky told a group of concerned citizens during a townhall meeting for district residents Monday that police plan to crackdown on speeding and other traffic violations outside the school when students return for classes.

Residents met in the borough’s community room to discuss ways to resolve the ongoing traffic and safety issues outside the , as well as the district's plans for . 

Poninsky said the borough police department will have two cars monitoring traffic at the high school during daily arrival and dismissal times. He said warnings will be issued to violators during the first week.

“The first week, we’ll be visible. The second week, we’ll be ticketing,” said Poninsky, who oversees the .

Tina Vojtko, district spokeswoman, said Quaker Valley welcomes the assistance of the Leetsdale police and other public officials in keeping students safe. A letter from Principal Andrew Surloff regarding student safety was also mailed to high school families last week, she said.

 students are to be dropped off in the lower parking lot .

Poninsky said once daylight saving time starts, he fears the early morning darkness will mean less visibility, opening the potential for a serious accident.

The gathering of about 50 residents formed a committee and decided on a new name as the Concerned Taxpayers of Quaker Valley School District Taxpayers. The group wants to raise taxpayer awareness about the traffic issues while finding solutions that don't include purchasing homes.  

The district  in the 700 block and is looking to buy one final home, but the sides haven't been able to agree on a price. .

Neighbors close to the high school said they don't believe that parents violating traffic laws should be rewarded with a new driveway that they probably won't use. Others said the problem would be resolved if parents obeyed the traffic laws.  

"These kids are 15 years old and up. There's always going to be safety issues. You're never going to be completely safe no matter what," said District Judge Robert Ford, who lives on Beaver Street.

In June, the school board contracted with David E. Wooster & Associates, an engineering firm, to complete a traffic study that explores various solutions. 

The board is awaiting the final analysis and will share the report with the community once it is complete. 

Meanwhile, the concerned taxpayer group plans another meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the borough's community room to continue the discussion.


Click on the attached PDF to see the district's letter to high school parents. 

sheridan edmondson August 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I'm looking forward to having a good, safe location to drop off my kids. The lower parking lot is not a very good choice for me since I will have to drive past the front of the school and circle around the school to access it. Also, the kids have to walk up the driveway to get to the school from the lower lot, and it can be slick in the snow and rain, which also presents a hazard. A drop off area at the front of the school will be the best solution. I'm glad the school district is being proactive in this rather than waiting until after a student gets injured.
Rudy Plese August 29, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Please correct me if I am wrong. If you are traveling from Sewickley, past the high school, there are no signs saying you can't stop, so how can they ticket you? As far as being dropped off in the lower lot, these are high school kids, not kindergardners, They can handle walking the hill in the rain and snow! I walked that hill every day for 2 years once I got my drivers license. Ride the bus!
Larissa Dudkiewicz August 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Sheridan - Prior to 7:20 you can enter from Route 65 and drive up the hill to the upper lot for drop off. The hill is blocked off between 7:20 and 7:45 for buses to enter and exit. Another option might be to drop off at the shopping center.
Larissa Dudkiewicz August 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Rudy - you're correct. Drivers traveling toward Sewickley will see these signs, but there are none posted the opposite way. Police will be enforcing the signs, speed limits, etc. and the school is also asking parents not to drop off on Beaver Street because of safety concerns. But you raise a good question. If someone stops to unload a person and there isn't a sign, can the police ticket for that? Or under the circumstances, is it considered careless driving or obstruction of traffic? I'm not sure. I'll have to check into that.
walter August 30, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Wow - kids can't walk up from the parking lot? How about this - take the bus?! Our kids are getting softer and softer. Please. This isn't about safety. This is about a safe drop off. It is about the start of the high school renovation project. This Board wants to get this done in a hurry so their children will not be disrupted by the renovations. Of the current Board members that have children, not one of theirs has been disrupted by the elementary or middle school renovations. The District is a mess. They have fumbled the middle school renovations, Board Members have relatives promoted to Assistant Principals, Teacher are hired without ever having to perform a lesson, you can not talk to the board unless your concern is given in advance - these things don't happen in Mt. Lebo or NA. Come on - wake up to what is going on.


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