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Parking policy irks some parents

September 20, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

BOONSBORO - Parents who don't park in the proper place can get a parking ticket at Boonsboro Elementary School.

The school has a designated drop-off area where parking is prohibited. The measure is intended to protect students, according to Principal Melissa Warren.

"We are doing it for the children's safety," she said.

The school has front and rear parking lots for parents who want to walk their children inside. Parents were informed about the policy, which the school's citizens advisory council supports, Warren said.

The rule rankles some drivers. Judy Baldwin said she was surprised to hear about it Friday morning. She dropped off her daughter and got out of her truck to make sure the first-grader got inside the building.

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The principal approached and warned Baldwin of the rule. "It's totally stupid," said Baldwin. "It just doesn't make sense."

When she came back Monday morning, Baldwin said a sheriff's deputy was outside the school with a ticket pad in hand.

Lt. Doug Mullendore said deputies make sporadic checks at all county schools. But Boonsboro has a resident deputy program.

The school's narrow driveway can be congested by buses. "We've constantly monitored that problem," he said. "It's nothing new."

Police are prepared to issue tickets for parking in a no-parking zone, he said.

Warren said she does not believe any tickets have been issued this year. "We are taking a proactive approach," she said.

Teachers park in the rear parking lot to make spaces available in front of the school. Signs warn that parking isn't allowed beside the school between 7 and 8 a.m. Parents can drive up and drop off children or park and walk with them.

Warren said the policy is intended to prevent accidents. "We are concerned about the safety of our students," she said.

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