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Layton High’s Parking Panic! Use it or loose it.

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Student cars line city streets due to lack of available parking spaces

Student cars line city streets due to lack of available parking spaces

Morgan Smith

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Student cars line city streets due to lack of available parking spaces

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Ask anyone that can drive at Layton High School and they will probably say that one of their pet peeves is trying to find a parking space.  Another annoyance will probably be when faculty park in student parking.  It seems like it should be a no brainer for teachers to understand that student parking is limited while faculty parking is a plenty.  So why do faculty use the parking stalls marked for student parking?

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This year Layton High sold approximately 800 parking passes 1st semester and 750 2nd semester, even though they only have 593 student parking spots.  When you think about it, if every student came to school, only about 1/3 of the students who buy parking passes are able to park in the school parking lot. So when staff park in student parking it makes it even more of a challenge for students to find a parking stall to park in. This will really be a challenge next year when our enrollment increases by an expected 200 students.  

 

Some people say that if students came to school “on time” they wouldn’t have any problem finding a parking space; however, some students schedules are loaded with home release 1st period so they don’t need to come to school until 9 a.m. So why do students get a ticket for parking in staff parking and teachers do NOT get a ticket for parking in student parking?

Morgan Smith
Here is an example of a faculty parking pass

 

Here are two suggestions for fixing the problem:

 1. Number and sell parking stalls to individual students.  Their parking tag will have a number that corresponds with their stall and they will be required to park only in their numbered stall.

2. Just have free parking on a first come first serve basis that includes staff and students.

Parking passes are $5.00 each semester which equals $10.00 a year a student pays for parking. Mr. Moss said the money goes towards security cameras and student activities. So the next time you get a parking ticket know it’s going to a good cause.

 

 

 

 

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