Students Against Bad Policies
October 21, 2016
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Paradise Valley High School allows student drivers to buy a parking pass which lets them park their vehicles in the westernmost lot. The prices for a pass range from $75 to $100, as the price rises over time. The school needs to obtain more money somehow, but with an existing number of expenses involved with having a car in the first place, it can be overbearing. Additionally, if one were to walk down to the parking lot, they would probably notice that there’s a sizable amount of space, so much so, that for parking to be payment exclusive is questionable.
Now, if the school were to permit free parking, any troubles that students may have parking their car in the first place would disappear. But, one needs to ask, does the school need the money? In the last 2 years alone, a new science and culinary arts building was constructed. Just a few months ago, there was the refurbishment of the Trojan’s football field. Taking that all into account, it seems pretty apparent that PV isn’t struggling for cash to fund these projects. Now, just taking prices down a bit, a more comparable price point for the pass would be a yearbook, which costs at least $80. It can be understood as to why payment is required, manufacturing costs for the product obviously need to be paid back. With that in mind, students are essentially paying for a pass which allows their car to be placed in a space which would’ve probably stayed empty to begin with.
It’s a lot to think about, but there is a definite truth to the matter. It would seem reasonable that the price for the pass should be revoked. If this is done, one thing is for certain, student drivers at PVHS would be much more content knowing that’s less spending out of the way.