Old photographs and documents tied to the school’s history line the new display case for M.W. Anderson, the longtime Madison educator for whom the school is named. (Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
Old photographs and documents tied to the school’s history line the new display case for M.W. Anderson, the longtime Madison educator for whom the school is named. (Courier staff photo by Collin Overton)
The recently-renovated Anderson Elementary School was the center of attention Thursday night as the Madison Consolidated Schools board met the week before students begin the fall school year.

Anderson — which will start classes for the first time in six years Aug. 14 — recently added a wing of classrooms in addition to two new pre-school rooms. The gym and other areas of the school also were renovated.

One big change at Anderson that school officials want the public to remember is that the traffic pattern for Anderson and surrounding areas will change when classes resume. In a news release Friday morning, communications coordinator Ashley Schutte emphasized:

• All morning and afternoon traffic entering campus will be routed one way entering from Michigan Road onto Cherry Drive and exiting via the new access road back onto Michigan Road.

• The school campus will be closed to thru traffic (the gates connecting Cherry Drive and the surrounding neighborhood will be closed) Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as they were when Anderson Elementary was open previously as a full elementary school.

“We ask everyone to be more cautious as they travel through this area as we expect slight traffic delays at peak times throughout the day,’’ said District School Resource Officer Tim Armstrong. “With the temporary closure of Hanging Rock Hill, we realize traffic patterns are already more congested. For that reason, we will have law enforcement assistance between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. to help direct traffic entering and leaving campus during morning dropoff and afternoon dismissal.”

In other business Thursday night, the board:

• Accepted new hires

• Approved a $7,080 out-of-state tuition rate

• Heard facilities updates

• Elected to give Kiwanis Park, at Broadway and Vaughn Drive, adjacent to Brown Gym, back to the City of Madison. The city gave the school system control over the park in 2007 on a 20-year lease, but the park has become a liability over time, said Supt. Jeff Studebaker.