Student Parking Issues

by Charlotte Getz

This school year, numerous changes have been put into place. One, however, that has been especially impacted students is school parking. Parking has been a special privilege for seniors for a long time. Last year, however, there were many complaints about parking on Hillside Road; the Board of Education addressed this by removing many parking spots. There are now fewer places for students entering the “parking lottery”, where only a certain number of obtain a spot for for a semester at a time. The parking and security guard staff painted the “S” on student parking spots to indicate which spots can be used by high-

and which are reserved for faculty members. If a car parks in one of those “S” spots without the proper permit, they can be ticketed by the staff. These fines can have a starting value of up to $50. Each semester, there will be a parking lottery. When asked what she thought of the parking situation, senior Gracie Sunoo stated that, “Transportation is not provided for people that do after school activities, especially people who have no other way of getting home. If they can’t figure out how to get more spots, then they need to prioritize the people that actually need the parking spots.” 

The ‘S’ now painted on student parking spots.

Certain students rely on the independence that a parking spot provides; for those with working parents or a plethora of extracurricular activities that prevent them from taking the bus, driving themselves to and from school enables them to be responsible for their schedule and take part in the clubs, sports, and other opportunities that they enjoy. But, considering some are now unable to park at school, students have resorted to parking at the YWCA, or other public places. The school’s administration has received complaints from those areas, and so they are urging students to avoid parking there. Nevertheless, students withhold strong opinions on this topic as a greater number of parking places means that more students can enjoy greater independence and opportunity.

Photo by Anne-Emilie Rouffiac

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