Farmington Schools works with police on STEAM school traffic

More than 600 Farmington Public Schools students will enter the district’s new STEAM Academy this fall, and they won’t get there by bus.

Superintendent George Heitsch said Tuesday that a “car census” for the intradistrict school of choice showed 450 vehicles will be dropping off and picking up students at the school on 12 Mile Road. The heavily traveled stretch in Farmington Hills lies between Orchard Lake Road and Farmington Road.

During a Tuesday joint meeting attended by school board and Farmington and Farmington Hills city council members, Hills council member Theresa Rich said people have come to her with concerns.

“I have had parents ask me about what is the specific plan to make sure we don’t have back ups,” she said.

Heitsch said the district has been working with Farmington Hills Police on a plan to ensure good traffic flow. Vehicles will be funneled into three lanes, with a separate lane for kindergarten students. In addition, he said, some students may be shuttled to the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge campus parking lot, located on Orchard Lake Road just south of 12 Mile.

“We don’t anticipate much of an issue with drop off, we think the afternoon could get a little dicey,” Heitsch said.