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Hollidaysburg board votes to hike student parking fee

Spaces have also been numbered

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The student parking fee at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School will jump from $5 last year to $25 this year.

The school board approved the increase during their Wednesday night meeting. The vote was 5-1, with Melissa Mitchell casting the vote against the increase.

She asked why the cost was increased five times last year’s rate.

High School Principal Maureen Letcher explained that the expense for ticket violations and parking tags increased and last year the district’s $5 parking charge was not covering those expenses.

Letcher also noted that even with the increase, Hollidaysburg Area’s parking cost is far below other districts.

She researched other districts and found that the cheapest in the area is $40 a year at Spring Cove. Northern Bedford is on the higher side at $75 per year.

“I think that is crazy,” Mitchell said.

While $25 is under all other districts researched by Letcher, Mitchell made a motion to reduce the proposed increase to $10 or $15 instead of $25.

However, the board approved the original motion, making Mitchell’s motion moot.

Lonna Frye considered the $25 annual fee to be quite fair.

“It’s $2.50 per month. That’s a pretty good deal, I think,” she said.

Ron Sommer, board president, added there are expenses involved with paving and maintenance.

Mitchell acknowledged that parking at school is a privilege for students.

“I just know there were a lot of angry parents on Facebook. I’ve talked to a lot of parents struggling with different things, so I vote no.”

Letcher also noted that the parking spots have been numbered at the request of students.

“A form will be released in August to seniors where they get to pick their lot section. And two days later, whatever is left will go to juniors. You don’t get to pick your spot, but you get to pick your section.” Letcher said. “The students came up with that idea. We thought it was brilliant.”

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.

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