UPDATE: Wood County Schools leaves parking issue to principals
The Wood County Board of Education will let individual school leaders handle the question of how much students should pay to park their vehicles.
While the board has decided against a school-wide policy, administrators have talked to students to determine what is a fair price.
"We went to the students and said, 'what would you be willing to pay for a reserve parking place on the high school campuses?'," says Superintendent Will Hosaflook says. "Most students said anywhere between $30-$60. We just feel it's kind of a student-driven thing."
Hosaflook says students often drive personal vehicles to school because they're involved in extracurricular activities or work after school.
A proposed policy over the cost of student parking at Wood County high schools has board members and school leaders on opposite sides of the issue.
Growing concerns regarding student parking at Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Williamstown High Schools were brought up at a recent Board of Education meeting.
Issues include the seemingly high cost for students to park on school grounds, which ranges from $75-$100, and possible safety concerns.
Board members are now working toward creating a student-led policy that could include all of the schools having one central price to pay to park. However, not all school leaders agree with the policy, citing each school's individual needs and the student parking fund meeting those needs.
"We want to continue to charge the amount that we are, because it benefits the school. We put it in mainly into facility and ground improvements", said Betsy Patterson, Principal at Parkersburg South High School. "We have things that we want to do here to continue to improve the facility and opportunities for the kids".
Wood County School board members will continue to discuss the student parking issue at upcoming meetings.