The truth behind parking permits

Paige Parks and Savannah Burchfiel

The recent booting policy enacted by the school has all but been received with open arms. However, the booting process is only a last straw result that started with students not purchasing required parking permits.

Parking permits are district requirement, and as Assistant Principal Edwina Hayden pointed out, our school has been one of the last to boot cars.

“Other campuses had been booting cars, ticketing and towing for a while,” Hayden said.

The school announced the upcoming booting policy early in 2013 and started enacting it after spring break. The booting is strictly to encourage the purchase of parking permits, which are used for safety purposes. Parking permits identify who is on campus, which is a main safety concern because of recent events like the Hartford shooting in Connecticut.

“We don’t want a revolving door policy,” Assistant Principal Fabian Garcia said.

The cost of parking permits is set by the district. While some students may groan at the idea of spending 40 dollars on a permit, there are some schools whose permits cost much more than those of the Leander School District. For example, Lake Travis charges 50 dollars for a parking permit, 10 dollars for any violations and 25 dollars for boot removal.

“It is not some sort of trick on the students,” Hayden said. “We want them to be safe.”

Although there have always been rules about buying parking permits, the APs made the conscious choice to introduce the booting policy halfway through the spring semester.

“It was a sad start this year, but time got away from us.” Hayden said.

While the mid-year timing of the new enactment is viewed as odd by many students, the assistant principals feel it will help make the 2013-2014 school year run smoother.

“We’re confident that enacting the policy now will make it much easier to enforce the rule next year,” Garcia said.

Parking permits for the 2013-2014 school year will be sold August 13 and 14. Schedules, textbooks and IDs will also be distributed on those days.

Aug. 13:

            9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Incoming 9th-graders

            1 – 4 p.m. Incoming 11th-graders

Aug. 14:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Incoming 10th-graders

1 – 4 p.m. Incoming 12th-graders

A makeup day is also offered on Aug. 15from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.