Parking permits and hangtags are attributed to orderly school parking
High school parking lots. That phrase alone should be enough to invoke a feeling of dread in anyone who has been there and done that. We all have memories of the 17-year-old versions of ourselves and our friends, what we were doing and the mentality we had in the ‘good old days’. The haircut linebacker driving his Silverado 74 lifted a good four feet in the air and on ridiculous monster truck tires, cheerleaders in red convertibles and you in your half-broken Geo Metro with dented fenders. Yes. It is truly a scary place to be as an adult, with your adult car, in this wonderland of potential fender crashes. What I have been proposing to support clubs, school administrators, and parents on the school board makes this a much friendlier place.
Each school is proud of its mascot and its sporting events. Every student takes pride in their newly purchased vehicle. The driven club and school administrators are also a big fan that their ‘attractions’ don’t get dented or scratched, and they also like the idea of bringing income to the school! What we’ve been doing is like parking lot many years, and they need renovation, we have done them again with school colors in the paint. Painted mascots at the entrance, and impressive school spirit that the show invokes. What we do then is cordon off certain areas of the lot and designate certain areas for different purposes. Student parking in the back, where they have their own designated exit, and will not speed through the principal’s car. Faculty parking on site, next to a convenient entrance to the school. Event parking and general parking also have their own unique and clearly marked areas.
The next thing we do is print hang tags Y parking permits for different types of spaces. We have them clearly marked with different colors, easy to see, and high quality materials. Tea parking passes then they are placed on the bumpers, or parking hang tags hanging on the rear view mirrors. At this point, the districts would decide whether they want to hand them over to the student and faculty bodies respectively, or whether they want to sell them. Another thing that can be done is to give them as incentives for high-performing academics, athletes, and teachers.
This has proven to be a fun and engaging way to promote school pride, increase revenue in some cases, and protect the structural integrity of innocent vehicles that must travel to and through these dangerous zones!