Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Weigh Plan to Widen Road New High School Will Increase Traffic on South Lincoln Drive and Old Cap-Au-Gris

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Officials Weigh Plan to Widen Road New High School Will Increase Traffic on South Lincoln Drive and Old Cap-Au-Gris

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Troy is studying whether to spend $200,000 to $250,000 to widen south Lincoln Drive for a turning lane at Old Cap-au-Gris Road because of traffic expected at the Lincoln School District's new high school east of U.S. Highway 61.

Mayor Charles Kemper Jr. said, "That's a lot of money we had not planned on spending, which will put a cramp on the roadwork budget."

Kemper said Troy would not consider widening Old Cap-au-Gris because there was no room to widen it without infringing on property of residents on the west side of the highway.

Construction of the high school is expected to begin this week. It will be financed mostly with money from an $11.7 million bond issue approved by voters a year ago.

Some residents have been criticizing the school district's plan to build ramps on the east side of the highway for access to the school. They blame Superintendent John Lawrence and the Lincoln School Board.

At a recent meeting of the board, some residents presented petitions with about 280 signatures of residents contending that "we believe the board and John Lawrence have intentionally deceived us with respect to matters involving access to the new school site from Highway 61."

The petition said, "Those deceptions were made in order to get the bond issue passed. We believe the board is not in charge of district business but rather that it rubber stamps the wish list of John Lawrence."

The residents questioned whether Lawrence should be kept in his job and asked for a separate public meeting with the board to discuss the matter. That request was denied by the board. Jerry Presser, who presented the petitions, says he questions whether school money can be used for a ramp project off school property.

Lawrence said the rubber-stamp reference was not fair to board members and is "not the case." He said members "do what they think is best."

Most of the roughly 120 people at the meeting were school employees and their spouses.

"It was a stacked meeting," said Presser. "They knew this in advance. Everything was OK until I got there."

Lawrence said the school district had money to build the ramps in its budget of $13. …

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