Jefferson High Student, Parent Question Parking Policy

Mother says her son lost privileges for infraction he believed he was already punished for last year.

A mother of a Jefferson Township High School senior has questioned the district's parking policy after she claims her son was unfairly penalized for an infraction that he was already punished for last year.

According to Julie Labita, her son, Conor, initially lost his parking privileges for a semester, the equivalent of two marking periods, for an infraction she admits he committed, but that he believed had been adequately satisfied.

“Conor drove to school at the end of junior year and parked in a friend’s spot,” she said. “I’m not condoning it, and I know and he knows he was wrong. But he got a ticket from the Jefferson police and paid it. I thought that would be the end of it.”

Regarding underclassmen parking on campus, the high school’s parking policy states as follows: “Any freshman, sophomore or junior parking and/or any unidentified vehicle parked on the school campus may be subject to the following penalties: ticketing by the local police, vehicle towed, detentions, suspensions and possible loss of driving privileges as a senior.”

The policy does not state the length of loss of driving privileges as a senior, nor does it state what punishment would be meted out for what infraction of the policy.

Julie Labita said she had a conversation with Superintendent Joseph Kraemer regarding Conor’s parking status.

“I did mention my concern and frustration about the carryover of the punishment, and Mr. Kraemer did seem to agree with me that once Conor paid the ticket, the matter should have been resolved,” she said. “I also suggested that in the future perhaps students should be reminded of the parking policy in their junior year and much of this could be avoided.”

Kraemer suggested that Julie Labita contact high school Assistant Principal Vickki Nadler, who told her that Conor’s name had come up in a lottery for a parking spot on campus, and that he would be eligible to receive parking by the end of September.

“Mrs. Nadler told me that parking privileges are based on many criteria, and that Conor is now eligible because he registered early and his name came to the top of the list,” Julie Labita said.

According to the parking policy, “all students parking at the high school will be drawn by lottery and is by permit only. Due to limited space, only seniors may apply for a permit.”

Kraemer would not comment on a specific student's issues, and directed Patch to the district's parking policy.

shirley buchanan September 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I think all seniors deserve a parking spot, that is until they break the rules,The ones that didn't receive a spot should receive one on a rotating bases. Those that have them now will have to give up a spot ,maybe it can be done at the end of the marking period, this way everyone gets a chance.Better yet look for a space to add more parking. Shirley Buchanan
Unknown September 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
WOW! The penatly above seems worse then what Mr. Currie received. This town is messed up.
Concerned Citizen September 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It may be much worse for Conor and other students than you think. When my son, a Jr., drove his Sr. friend to school in my AWD on a snowy day (to be safer than using the Sr’s car), and parked in the Sr’s space, my car was issued something that looked like a parking ticket, but was a 39:4-56.5 which is actually an “abandoned vehicle on private property” ticket. More than a year later, a potential employer rescinded a job offer to me due to my background check. I found out the issue was that I was the kind of person who would abandon a vehicle on private property. Luckily, I got to explain it was just my son parking my car at his school in a marked space, and got the job. A young graduate with otherwise limited history, had the car been registered to the student instead of the parent, might not be so lucky, or even know this was why they were denied the job or college of their dreams. We think school is to help build up a great record of good grades and transcript for our children. Anyone understands a ‘parking ticket’. But ‘abandoned vehicle on private property’ can be a major blemish on your child’s real-world record. Seeing how simple infractions like parking at school can create havoc for a child’s future has me even more hesitant to consider allowing the school to get involved in drug testing or anything else where school or police heavy handedness (even if not deliberate) can do more harm than good for our student’s life-long record.
Dave Reines September 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I have a better one. Where does the BOE or school come off to tell students that they cannot park on the street in front of the school? If the Township plows the road (and not the BOE) than they should have NO jurisdiction over public roads. Seems to me like a Dictatorship


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »