HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Few parents like waiting in the pickup line at school. But at East Hancock Elementary School, a construction project that's behind schedule has made school pickup a real mess.
Take 650 students, 15 school buses, and more than 300 waiting cars, add construction work to the mix and some parents say you've got a mess.
"You got to get here earlier or you got to wait a long time," said parent Elizabeth Jaramillo.
"It's so hot," Kim Albino said. "We're just ready to get our babies."
School leaders said the construction work is designed to make traffic flow in and out of the school smoother and safer. But until it's done, there's a 20 to 30 minute wait for parents picking up their children.
"They've got to get this fixed quick," Jaramillo said.
Many parents want to know why the work wasn't finished before school started.
"With the parking lot, we started the last day of the school year last year. Unfortunately, the rains came in July and that pushed the project back quit a bit. When you're pouring concrete asphalt and drainage, it's important that you have some really nice weather days to do that," said Hancock County Schools Superintendent Alan Dedeaux.
Dedeaux said the Sheriff's Department will help direct traffic until construction is finished. He also asked that parents be patient. Many that we talked to understand the mess has a purpose.
"I'm being patient because this is a fabulous school and I know they will hopefully get it done as quick as possible," explained Jaramillo.
"Being impatient and upset is just going to make it longer and harder, so I'm fine with it," Conway said.
"Construction at the school is going to happen, it's going to make it better for the kids and everybody else, so we will just deal with it," Chris Lonahan said.
School leaders said the parking lot work should be finished in a month or less.