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School parking lot to be studied after teacher struck

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Officials in Hebron planned to study the parking lot at RHAM Middle and High School after a teacher was struck last week.

A civil engineer and a resident state trooper were at the school Tuesday to see if the incident could have been prevented.

Dawn Mallory, a seventh grade math teacher, continued to fight for her life after a parent's SUV backed into her Friday. She suffered from a fractured skull, police said.

Mallory remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

"The next major step for her is to respond to verbal commands and I think that's part of the healing process," Regional School District 8 Superintendent Bob Siminski said.

Education officials said the town's resident state trooper was stationed in the parking lot Tuesday morning for the duration of the drop off and pick up process.

"I know when there's a trooper around, everyone is definitely paying more attention and that would help a lot," said Christine Belanger, a former student.

Officials also said a traffic engineer visited the school Tuesday to observe the traffic flow and plans to propose changes. 

The engineer mentioned to school officials that the bus and parent drop-offs need to be separate, right now they are too close to each other.

Siminski said a study to see if the entire parking lot needed an overhaul could be completed by next week.

"This is what we want you to study, this is what we are looking for as the end result," Siminski said. "His job is how much time will this take and how many other resources do I need to bring in to bare to get job done."

The engineer's proposal and a cost will go to the board of education. They'll decide whether they'll want to move forward.

Teachers and faculty will also have an outlet to voice their solutions to make the process better, the board said.

"They build a $15 million school and they don't put stop signs in," said Vin Catanzaro, a former student. "There's turns everywhere."

Officials discussed potential changes to the parking lot at a Board of Education meeting Monday night. Residents attended the meeting and voiced their concerns.

"I see it all the time," Catanzaro said. "There's people crossing over, speeding, taking right turns. It's madness."

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