LOYSBURG — Students parking fees were a topic of discussion once again for Northern Bedford County School district’s board of directors.
Last year, when it was time to renew the fee, the subject was a hot topic among board members, as some expressed concern that some students cannot afford the $75 fee.
The fee was enacted years ago as a way to help fund major parking lot repairs, but last May some board members suggested the possibility of letting the school’s Student Council decide how the fee revenue should be used.
Ariel Reed, the student representative for the board, spoke about the possibility of lowering the fees and the possibility of using a portion of the funds for student activities.
Reed explained that many students who utilize student parking are like her with full after-school schedules or jobs, and also pay their parking fee themselves. The $75 fee is expensive, she said, but also a necessity.
Reed proposed reducing the fee to $50 the first year and to $25 the following year. She also suggested the possibility of using some of the money to fund a senior class trip, which would give some of the students reason.
She added that after consulted with numerous other students many said that $25 would be a more manageable fee.
High school Principal Michael O’ Dellick said that there was enough parking for students, but measures could me taken to ensure that those with jobs or activities could have priority if that changes.