I’ve been informed that the Referendum Oversight Committee is wrestling with providing additional parking for students.
Honestly, I don’t really see the NEED for more parking, and in my opinion the problem is easily dealt with. Here’s my process for dealing with parking:
1) Determine how many parking spaces there are. Call it X.
2) Determine how many handicapped spaces are needed. Call it H.
3) Subtract H from X, and call it Y.
4) Determine how many spaces are required for Certified and non-certified staff, administrators, and visitors. Deduct that amount from Y and call it Z.
5) Z is the number of spaces available for students.
If Z is more than or equal to the number of students over 16 years of age, this is a non-issue. Issue everyone who wants a sticker one, and move on with life.
If Z is LESS than the number of students over 16 years of age, then the fairest way to solve it is to issue them is via lottery. Set a lottery date. Give EVERY student over the age of 16 years of age, and who has a driver’s license a lottery ticket with their name on it. Encode the name/student ID in an encrypted QR code on the ticket.
If someone wants to enter the lottery, they bring their ticket to the office and put it in the drum.
On lottery day, the school holds an AFTER SCHOOL assembly in the auditorium. The drum is put up on stage. Anyone who wants to attend may do so. A randomly selected FRESHMAN is selected to pull the tickets from the drum. This is someone who has absolutely ZERO interest in the outcome.
This person opens the drum, pulls out a ticket, and scans the QR code with a scanner. The name on the scanner is compared with the name on the ticket. If they match, the ticket and scanner are shown to a nearby administrator for confirmation, and if confirmed then the name is read out and that person gets a sticker. The ticket will be stamped as “VALID FOR STICKER” and given back to the student if they’re in attendance, or retained by the Administration if the student’s not in attendance.
The ticket puller then closes the drum, turns it at least 2x, opens the door again, and retrieves a ticket.
This continues until ALL available spaces have been awarded.
During the following week, Students can visit the Bookstore to exchange their validated ticket for a sticker. The QR code can be matched against those already scanned to prevent anyone from creating a “Valid for Sticker” stamp on their own.
6) Determine the percentage of spaces utilized by non-handicapped students, and then multiply that against the expected cost of repaving the parking lot when it next needs to be done. Divide that amount by the expected remaining lifespan of the parking lot. That’s the cost to charge for the stickers. Set those funds aside in an account for repaving.
The idea behind the encrypted QR codes is to prevent stuffing the drum by some scam artist. They can print up however many tickets they want, but they won’t be able to produce the correct QR code to match the name against the results on the scanner nor be able to coerce the ticket puller to “misread” a name because an administrator (with no interest) will be available to verify it.
7) Anyone not getting a sticker award has the following options:
b) Bike ride (we’d need to reinstall the bike posts outside the PE teacher’s office windows so kids riding to school could park them safely)
f) Roller blade
g) Rolling push scooter
h) Ride with someone who does have a sticker
k) School bus
I’d specifically RESTRICT drop offs by personal vehicles piloted by parents or guardians so as to prevent traffic jams, promote environmental awareness, be kind to the neighbors, etc.