The annual drama over parking passes continues

Isabella Kelty and Gina Dascenzo

The start of the 2019 year at Canfield High School passes drug testing for all student drivers and athletes. Because of this new rule, the price on parking passes increased by ten dollars. On the school’s website it states: “A parking tag for the year will cost $20. Each year, a different tag will be issued”. Now students have to pay $20 to park on Canfield school grounds. How do the students feel? We had a few students answer these questions. Is this a reasonable price? These are all questions many students are asking.

Senor Tara Santoro said, “I think the 20 dollars is pricey, but it is used for something mandatory so it’s understandable.”

Senior Aren Villano said, “I think the price covers the drug test, but twenty dollars is a lot just to park in the parking lot. For many students this new rule for parking passes, is confusing and unorganized. Some students are responsible for paying for their own parking pass and for a teenager working a minimum wage job, twenty dollars is expensive on top of their other responsibilities.” 

On top of the increase of the parking passes, there are also issues with the organizing parking spots. Although administration makes a clear date for each grade to sign up for a parking pass, a sophomore could easily get a closer spot than a senior. Usually seniors are first, juniors second, sophomores third, and lastly freshmen if they drive.

Senior Chloe Kalina, was placed on the top of the hill in front of the school. There was a clear amount of underclassmen having a better spot. With close to 900 kids attending CHS and about 75% driving to school everyday, it makes it hard for administrators to give each driver the spot they want. If a driver is caught parking in a spot that isn’t registered under their name, then there will be consequences such as parking privileges taken and possible in school discipline. Canfield’s website about parking passes state. All spaces are numbered and reserved. All students must park in the parking space assigned to them. If someone parks in your spot, you must park in a visitor’s space and inform administration or the School Resource Officer (SRO).

Some seniors agree that they should be able to pick their own spots because of how awkward the spots are set. Senior Logan Peservich agrees with this idea: “My spot was better my junior year, then this year. I think we should be able to pick our own spots.” Though there could be drama about who wants which parking spot, it could easily be a first come, first serve. Instead of coming in and turning in our information and having our school cop and other administration figure out the paces; we have seniors come in and chose the spot we want.

While the safety of the CHS parking lots has improved in recent years with potholes being filled and lots being paved and painted, there will continue to be disputes over the best, most fair way to assign spaces.