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Parking designations around WESB to change

Parking designations around the Washington Educational Services Building (WESB) will change before school gets back into session.

The school district approached the city asking for the changes, which were approved at a recent city council meeting.

The parking alterations at WESB, located at 804 Oak Street, will be implemented before school starts. The district will pay for the street signs.

Here's what will change:

• Two-hour designated parking between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday on the following streets: The south side of Oak Street, between South Eighth and South Ninth streets and the north side of Pine Street between South Eighth and South Ninth streets.

• Designated bus parking between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on the following streets: The south half of the west side of South Ninth Street between Pine and Oak streets and the east side of South Eighth Street between Pine and Oak streets.

• No parking designation on the east side of North Ninth Street between Pine Street and the parking lot entrance.

The reason behind the alterations is because of space, the school district said in a letter to the council.

"The (WESB) currently does not have adequate bus loading and unloading zone space for our earlier childhood students, Kinder Club and Fun and Friends program," the letter said.

There are 40 full-size buses and 14 mid-size buses that drop off and pick up youngsters at the building throughout the year.

During the summer months, that drops down to about 12 buses for extended school year programs.

Currently, the bus loading zone is on the east side of the building.

With the changes, about a dozen cars that normally park on the west side of the building will be displaced during the day for bus loading.

Those cars will be allowed to park in the district's staff parking lot, which sits about half full.

Jessie Perrine
Jessie covers the Brainerd City Council and the Brainerd School Board. Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Jessie attended Winona State University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in women and gender studies. She worked at the Winona Daily News, Tomah Journal and the La Crosse Tribune before starting at the Dispatch in 2012.
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