By: Erin Davis
Parking for students at Louisville Male High School can be a bit of a struggle. Many students are now finding it hard to locate a spot after the recent closing of the church parking lot. Students have been parking there for years and now they are unable to drive to school due to the large demand for spots.
Many students are outraged due to this recent event. Junior Jordan Luckey says, “I was angry and worried about where I was going to park. It’s already a far walk for me and I was scared of taking someone else’s spot.” Gianna Cecil (11) agreed, “I was mad and shocked really and I had no idea what I was going to do.”
Some believe that the closing of the lot was caused by recent break-ins to the church and the field hockey/lacrosse shed. However, Assistant Principal, Mr. Barber says, “Male did not rent the church lot this year like we have in the past. We acquired Gheens parking spaces which we did not have before.”
Unfortunately, parking still seems to be an issue despite the addition of the Gheens parking lot. This problem has been caused by the number of student drivers being larger than the amount of parking spaces. Male has an estimated total of 980 juniors and seniors with only 474 spots. Assuming some of these students might not drive or might carpool, it still isn’t enough for Male’s student body.
Another issue is some students are buying passes, but not using their spots. They are buying them with only a permit license so therefore, there is multiple empty spaces that other students who can drive would be able to use.
Luckey states, “I think it’s pointless. It’s a waste of a space for people who actually need to park. I don’t have any space and it upsets me that people have bought spaces and don’t use them. There should be a way to check to see if parking passes are being used. If they aren’t, the administrators should revoke the passes and resell them.”
Students want change and according to Mr. Barber, “Beginning next school year, we will have new policies in place to prevent future complications.” These policies are no online purchase, cash only, must have license/restricted, can only purchase starting day one of registration, and must have all info before purchase.
Sadly, it is likely that the church parking lot will remain closed for the rest of this school year. If students are stuck without a spot, they might have to consider options such as the school bus or carpooling. However, the administrators are looking for other suggestions to better next year’s policy. If you would like a say, talk to Mrs. Geis down in the AP office.