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High School Parking Fees Unfair

Letter to the editor from Kaleigh Schleicher as part of a journalism assignment.

Dear Editor:

 I am writing to you today about being charged unfairly to park at the high school.  Only students are charged a fee to park.

 My reasons for believing this is unfair are because our school already charges for busing, sports, and other necessities.  Even though charging for these things is necessary for our school system, it does add a financial burden.  Parking in the lot is a cheaper option than busing, and for students who have cars it is a more practical solution.

 However, I believe it is unfair to students that the spot can be taken away as disciplinary action, once a student has paid for it. It is a privilege for a student to park in the lot, if they weren’t charged to do so. Once paid for it isn’t fair to lose the spot as a form of punishment.

 I am asking that administration review the parking lot situation and make the lot either a pay lot or a free to park lot with a privilege to do so for students.

 I think making the lot free to park for everyone is the right thing to do!

 Sincerely,

Kaleigh Schleicher

Student

Norton High School

Sean Brodeur September 29, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Kaleigh, I think you have a great argument here. I am not familiar with the Norton High parking situation, but in the past, I have heard of schools charging a parking fee because there were limited parking spaces. If students paid for a parking spot, then you are right, they rented it from the school and it should not be taken away unless they give it up themselves. If the school were allowing students to park for free, then maybe I'd understand removing the privilege to park. We are living in a world where older students need a vehicle to get to work from school, and having a place to park at school is vital to meeting responsibilities.
Chuck Moitoza October 01, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Kaleigh, Great argument here and I believe you are absolutely correct in your opinion. This is just another example of double punishment doled out by the Norton Schools just like when a student receives a suspension for a wrong doing, when deserved,but also is subject to losing a whole grade on his or her report card! In a changing world that requires more of the young adults to succeed these types of punishment only makes it more trying for students. One other thing to ponder, if a teacher were to be reprimanded would they too lose their parking privilages ???

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