12.12.2019 - 3:19 PM - Noah Schantner - Opinion/Editorial

The new parking lot is great. It’s a new updated version, and the old one needed fixing badly. There are some new features of the parking lot that are very nice such as new pick up for buses. This may not seem like it’s such a big deal, but it’s crucial that we now have a more safe way of getting the kids on and off the buses. Another huge advantage is that there is much more space. This means that students will no longer have to cross the street in the morning or after school with cars coming through. The lot now has lights, too, which will be nice because it could save people from slipping on ice and getting injured. So, there are a lot of reasons why this new parking lot is great.

With all of the parking lot's positives, however, there are negatives. Sure, the good certainly outweighs the bad here, but there are problems that are arising, and they don’t have anything to do with the construction. Instead, the issues are with how people are parking. A problem that I have noticed with the new parking lot is that people don’t know that the spaces are not slanted but are instead vertical. That could be because there wasn’t even time to memorize how the lines are oriented, as they were painted shortly before the first snowfall covered them. Some park in a manner where it wouldn’t work even if the lines were slanted. Although we do have this new space, there are still students who need to park on the street or in the church parking lot because spots are not open due to the inefficient parking of others.

All in all, it’s a great parking lot, and it seems people try to find reasons to complain when what’s going on is their own fault. We just need to work together to figure it out and take advantage of the new huge parking lot we have.