August 4, 2015
By Shannon Lane
Easton Area High School students can expect fines if they fail to follow parking policies, administrators said.
Director of Security John Remaley said students who do not display their parking permits or park in a spot other than their assigned space will be fined, starting this upcoming school year.
“We need to keep track and know who’s on campus, what vehicles are on campus and where they are,” Remaley said.
Failing to display a parking permit will result in a $5 fine and parking in an incorrect parking space is a $10 fine. Until the student pays those fines, he or she may lose certain senior privileges, such as attending the annual bonfire ahead of the Easton– Phillipsburg football game or prom.
He said students will likely be issued a warning first before receiving a fine during a “lead-in period.”
Remaley said it’s always been in the rules that students need to park in designated spaces and leave their placard hanging from their rearview mirror. But now, he said students need a little extra motivation.
“There were no consequences that really meant anything to anybody,” Remaley said. “Maybe it’ll reinforce that the rules are meant to be followed.”
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Should a student be unaccounted for or need to be reached in an emergency situation, the car numbering system makes it easier for school officials to find that student, he added.
The school also needs to control the flow of traffic in and out of the parking lot, as well as ensure the safety of students taking the bus.
Students could face additional disciplinary action for not following parking policies, he said, but that’s up to Principal Michael Koch.
He hopes the fines can be rolled back into activities planned for the senior class’s last year in Easton. It’s a win-win for the students then, he said.
Superintendent’s Assistant Alyssa Emili said at last week’s school board meeting that parents and students will be notified of the policy change when they purchase their parking permits for the 2015-2016 school year.