Due to the ongoing construction that has consumed the elementary school and its surrounding areas, there has been a lack of student parking spaces. This has caused a stir among juniors and seniors who have their licenses, but are unable to drive to and from school due to the lack of space.
According to several seniors, parking last year was basically a free-for-all and everyone tried, successfully, to squeeze into to the teen center parking lot. Some students were lucky enough to snag a parking spot early on in the year, others were not as fortunate. Senior Blake Lazarus was one of those unlucky people who did not get a parking spot the first time around. Not only is Blake a senior, but she is currently doing two blocks of school to career at the police station.
“I was informed that in the levels of priority, school to career students came first, then seniors, then juniors,” said Lazarus. “And if there weren't enough parking spaces, then you would either get a spot or not based on the need you put on your application.”
After asking Lazarus about the parking situation last year, she matter-of-factly told me that “when the parking lot was not paved we all were able to fit just fine, and I always had a parking spot.”
Lazarus also discusses the controversy of all juniors getting parking spaces the first time around this year by saying, ”Before the parking lot was done last year, all the juniors had to figure it out, they weren’t given any school parking options, seniors were the only people in the lottery to get spots.”
The lack of parking spots also carries over to the students in the junior class who do not yet have their licenses. Junior Katherine Pitman expresses her concerns for the school parking spots, or lack thereof, “ My parents have to drive me to school, it would be unfortunate if their not doing another lottery, and I probably won’t get a parking spot this year.”
Students like Katherine would only get parking spots if there were more to become available, if not they are sadly out of luck and have to find off campus parking.
Dr. Bucky had good things to say about the parking situation now, and in years to come. When asked if there will be more parking spaces available this year, Bucky replied “My hope is yes, but just keep in mind that we have more parking spaces this year than last year or in previous years. I think when construction on the intermediate school starts nearing completion, then more parking will become available.”
Dr. Buckey also points out some problems that come with the responsibility of having a parking space.
“It’s challenging sometimes because a student might have a parking space assigned to them and then take a different vehicle, if their car is broken down or in the shop, then things get tricky,” said Buckey.
Another problem, and probably the most frequent, that has made student parking a challenge according to Buckey is when “ somebody has parked in somebody else's space, and in that scenario, that triggers someone to go out and check if the proper permit is on that car.”
On the bright side, Buckey thinks that the parking situation last year was worse than this year and from here on out it will only get better. In a matter of a year this problem will blow over and the “big yellow school bus” is Buckey’s suggestion to anyone who is not able to bring their car onto campus.