Even before Linda Miller took the reins as principal of Catonsville Elementary School more than five years ago, parents and teachers had concerns about potholes scarring the drop-off area and parking lot of the school, she said.
Those concerns will be gone for this coming year as construction crews repaved the back parking lot and the loop where buses park in the mornings and afternoons.
The $605,000 project also added about 30 parking spaces and installed curbs and ramps on the sidewalks.
"It's beautiful. I definitely think it's safer for staff and students," Miller said. "It gives (the school) a cleaner look."
"We have learned that the funds allocated for the parking lot are no longer available," Doll wrote. "(This project) was approved by the school board two years ago, but was unable to be replaced due to problems obtaining permits."
Another delay, Doll wrote, would mean a year wait because the project was too massive to do during the school year.
In May, the Board of Education approved the project.
Despite the headaches, Doll is pleased with what has been done.
"It's definitely well worth the wait," he said. "If you knew what it looked like then, and what it looks like now, it's 110-percent improvement."