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North High to reduce student parking fees

August 14, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The principal at North Hagerstown High School said Friday she will reduce the fee students in the junior and senior classes are charged to park there.

Principal Valerie Novak said she will drop the annual parking fee from $50 to $40 after she met Thursday with a group of students who argued the price was too high.

"All kids need to be heard," Novak said. "I think (the discussion) created good will. We all worked together and made the decision collaboratively."

Novak said the $50 fee was being charged to purchase a security system with three cameras for the parking lot. The cameras recently were ordered at a cost of $4,700, she said.

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Senior Kayla Miles said she and about 20 students who planned to demonstrate against the $50 fee on the first day of school Wednesday haven't changed their minds.

Miles said Friday she still has to talk to some of her fellow demonstrators, but the early consensus is that the group will carry out its protest in the school parking lot from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

"I texted some of my friends and they still want to do it," she said. "I don't know what everyone wants to do, but I'll find out."

Miles said she doesn't believe the $10 reduction goes far enough because other high schools in the county charge less.

Students in Smithsburg and Clear Spring pay $10 a year to park, according to school officials. Only Boonsboro students are charged as much as students at North Hagerstown.

Miles said the protest will end before school starts at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.




The annual fees that students pay to park at Washington County high schools:

o Clear Spring, $10

o Smithsburg, $10

o Hancock, $15

o South Hagerstown, $15

o Williamsport, $20 (no charge for National Honor Society students)

o Washington County Technical, $25

o Boonsboro, $40

o North Hagerstown, $40

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