Several concerns have come to students’ attention in the last month, especially sophomore class students, regarding parking and being able to drive to school next year.
Students that are honors or AP students, are on year round sports teams, plan on dual enrolling, want to get after-school tutoring, members of clubs or live at least 20 minutes away deserve to drive. These students who are very involved need to be able to make their own driving schedule to juggle their many interests.
“I am part of the golf team and the basketball team. My golf team always travels for practices,” said sophomore Andi Milan. “I need to be able to drive to school.”
Many students made the decision to come to Steinbrenner in only its second year in hope that it would provide the benefits of a new school along with its early reputation as a serious school for college-bound students. Most choice students understandably accept that they would have to manage the difficulties of having no school-provided access to transportation.
Students are only able to take advantage of these programs if they have access to them. If students at other schools are offered these benefits as juniors, then what does Steinbrenner offer in comparison?
Other schools in this area manage to provide parking for its students. Steinbrenner has one of the highest numbers of choice students in the area. With this in mind, planning should have been done, or should be done immediately, to accommodate the need for student parking. There are only about 400 spots for over 1100 juniors and seniors. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
“I think it’s unfair because juniors and even sophomores drive this year and next year we won’t be able to. It’s a privilege being taken away,” said sophomore Kayla Castallano.
This news should have been presented in another way other than a general announcement to the sophomore class at an assembly for choosing classes. I hope that the school board will make fixing this problem for the 2012-13 school year a priority.