Students parking in the lots north of the school were met with bright orange stickers on Wednesday morning, warning students to park in the student parking lots or risk getting a boot on their car.
“What’s going to happen is that they will get the warning sticker,” assistant principal Jason Harris said. “After that they will get the wheel lock put around their vehicle and they have to pay the fine to get it removed.”
In previous years, students parking in these lots were shown leniency as there were larger class sizes and limited space. However with only 1,989 students on campus and only 292 registered for parking passes, the student parking lot is far from full.
“Some of our teachers out there by the gym, our coaches and some teachers, they have to leave campus to go to the middle school because they have to coach down there or give instruction down there,” Harris said. “When they get back, a lot of the times there is not anywhere to park. We need those parking places for those teachers especially in that area of the parking lot. With so many parking spaces being open, there is no reason why students can not park in the student parking lot.”
Going off campus only to return with no open parking, volleyball coach Ui Womble likes the newly enforced rule.
“For me, it’s nice because if I have to go to a meeting off campus, I always know I have a parking spot and it doesn’t frustrate me,” volleyball coach Womble said. “There was never a spot and that’s why I don’t mind that no one can park there.”