Published: Friday, 12 April 2013 16:26
Written by Gianna T
“Seniors may park in the senior parking lot. Parking is on a first come basis. If the lot is full you must park in the stadium lot. All other students must park in the stadium lot. You may NEVER park in the staff lot, visitor spots or in the lot by the tennis courts. If you are found to be in violation of these parking rules, the consequences will be:
- A written warning
- A police issued parking ticket
- Loss of parking privileges with no refund
- Vehicle will be ticketed and towed,” a passage from the parking rules.
These rules have been laid out for all students wishing to drive to the high school. Each student must pay an eighty five dollar deposit and sign a contract (parking rules sheet). There is also a temporary parking pass, which costs two dollars and you must park in the stadium lot. Visitor’s parking spots start on the first row of the senior lot, nearest to the high school. Unfortunately, because some seniors park in the visitors spots, visitors have to park in the staff lot. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s started to cause quite a ruckus in the main office.
“It’s just not fair to the students who don’t break the rules. The contract is there for a reason, and students need to abide it,” anonymous.
In cause of these recent events, the staff lot has become a hazardous place as well. A staff member was coming back from lunch when her incident occurred. A parent was parked in the staff lot, ironically right next to the posted sign. After waiting about ten minutes the staff member saw an open spot. But before she could back out, the parent drove by, colliding cars. “I’m not saying the collision wasn’t my fault, but if she wouldn’t have been there, this incident would not have happened,” the staff member said.
“It’s a shame that seniors are taking advantage of their parking privileges. They should know that this puts a bad representation on our school. The kids who do park illegally are just causing more stress for the office staff,” anonymous.
It’s because of seniors who don’t participate in good citizenship that these types of accidents happen. Even though the contract specifically says,
“Vehicle will be ticketed and towed.”
The students have expressed no ill feelings about this matter. In fact, the only response has been,
“I don’t really care, it’s not my problem.”
There are signs up front telling the students and visitors that they may not park in the staff lot, and yet the problem still occurs. In response to this, there needs to be bigger signs, so that people can see them clearly. Instead of spending money on new materials and spending time trying to make our education better, the administrators need to pay attention to other issues, parking issues.
It’s unfortunate that not many students care about their schools welfare. The high school administrative team will be the ones in charge of towing cars. It is unfortunate that the administrators are not doing so, because every day, illegal parking occurs. When will they start to follow through with the rules? Unless we take action, the domino effect will keep going. Students park in visitor’s spots, causing visitors to park in the staff lot, thus causing the staff to have parking spots. This is a huge stressor for the office staff, and it needs to end.