On Monday September 23, a list of the 146 students who received parking permits was posted. Applications were due on Friday the 13, and since then students have anxiously awaited news of the permits.
Blair's business administer, Anne Alban, considers many factors when deciding who receives a permit. The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and cannot have received any parking violations the previous semester. The student must also have three reasonable reasons for receiving the permit and participate in an activity that requires him/her to stay after school at least three times a week. In previous years financial obligations have prevented students from receiving permits. This year Alban said, "We didn't deny anyone a permit because of a financial obligations." Instead, the students will be required to pay their obligations in order to keep their permit.
As of Monday, Alban had issued 146 parking permits, leaving 46 applicants without parking spaces. There are a total of 158 parking spaces in the student parking lot. The remaining spaces will either be given out in appeals or distributed throughout the year for special cases.
This year fewer students applied than last year. According to a Silver Chips Online article, 210 students applied last year, almost 20 more than this year.
Last year students were concerned that the new portables would cut into student parking spaces. However, the portables have not affected the amount of student parking spaces.
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