“There’s a long lasting legend that a kid parked in a spot marked for the superintendent,” laughed Principal Sean Bevan on the craziest parking job known to WHS.
The school administration has finally listened to the growing student concerns over the long standing parking crisis that promulgates WHS each spring. “Parking is a supply and demand issue,” remarked Bevan. There are more students looking to drive to school than spots that are readily available.
According to Bevan, Legislative Council is working alongside the faculty to develop legislation to prevent sophomores from parking on campus. “I think where we’ll end up is a plaque system where juniors and seniors who provide a copy of their license have the ability to park on campus, but sophomores will not be able to,” he said.
“I think it’s a good idea to not have sophomores park in the lot because that always causes problems towards the end of the year, but I think it’s a little extreme for students to print out a copy of their license,” senior Shannon Rooney optimistically claimed.
Parking has bedeviled faculty alike. Staff members who arrive to school after the morning bell often face parking impediments as well and are forced to park illegally. However, contrary to the student body, these faculty members do not receive any fines. Bevan stated that teachers have been permitted to park on the grass in order to save spots for students in their designated parking lots.
“I don’t love that it models, and I think it communicates, the message that adults can do some things that kids can’t do, but it’s more practical,” he said.
It is clear that administration has heard the voice of the students expressing their concerns and that action is being taken to address these amplifying challenges. Personally, I feel that it is great that the administration is taking action on this egregious issue — for years it has interrupted the daily lives of students and it’s good to see that some real change is finally coming.