There were confused motorists — and a few honked horns — on Wellington Trace on Monday in front of the former Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts.
Though the Palm Beach County School District voted Aug. 1 to end Eagle Arts’ charter and close the troubled school, there was one sign of back-to-school life in front of the campus Monday: the flashing school zone signals.
Some drivers passing the school at 1000 Wellington Trace continued to obey the signals Monday morning, much to the consternation of others.
Mo Al-Turk, Palm Beach County’s traffic engineering operations manager, said it would take one or two days to deactivate the signals. “We will at least turn them off for now,” he said. The county will evaluate the property in the future to determine if the school zone signs need to be removed, he added.
That could depend on what type of tenant takes over the property previously leased by Eagle Arts. The school reportedly faced eviction after it was unable to keep up with its rent — while also struggling to pay its teachers. Both were factors that played into the School Board’s decision to end Eagle Arts’ charter, board members said.
Originally serving more than 700 students, Eagle Arts’ enrollment last year fell to about 275, with about 190 students enrolled for the coming year before the board’s vote.
With the signals deactivated, motorists will not need to slow to 20 mph during the posted times.