The ongoing installation of a roundabout at Mathews and Sheridan roads is not only affecting traffic in Poland and Boardman, but also impacting at least one business in the area.
“We know it has been detrimental to our business,” said Kathy Valentini, co-owner of Little Learners Academy, a preschool at 1951 Mathews Road inside Heritage Presbyterian Church.
According to Valentini and Christi Landers, the other owner of Little Learners, their enrollment numbers are significantly lower for summer programs as well as for this coming school year. They believe this is because people can no longer see their sign on Mathews Road, because the road is closed to through traffic. The sign outside the school is their primary advertising method and the method they think is the most effective because Mathews Road is a main thoroughfare in the township.
“We usually have a sign out there with our [phone] number, and we haven’t gotten one call all summer,” Valentini said.
Landers said the construction project has “tremendously” affected enrollment for next school year.
“We never have spots in our pre-K class. We always have a waiting list,” Landers said.
Landers and Valentini estimated they will lose about $2,000 per month from September through May because of low enrollment.
Valentini said she had heard of businesses in other areas receiving advertising funds from their local government in similar situations, but township Administrator Jason Loree said that is not something the township can do.
Read more about the situationn in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.