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|New Parking Fee at Knoxville High School
|The Knoxville School District will bring in some extra revenue next year by charging to park on school lots.
The District 202 Board Wednesday night approved a $15 parking permit fee with a 6-0 vote after a recommendation from board member John Putnam. Putnam says the fee can be used to help recover some of the cost incurred with parking lot resurfacing. The new fee could bring in an additional $2,500 a year.
Principal Mike Kemmer and assistant principal/athletic director Chad Bahnks told the board enforcing the permits poses the biggest challenge. Kemmer says ensuring students who drive to school park where they're supposed to is another challenge, although he doesn't think it will become an issue.
"Our policy, as it's presently written, is that students that drive a vehicle can park it in our parking lot," Kemmer said. "We're not going to police the blocks around the area, but it's to park in our parking lot. You drive once in, you drive once out."
The parking lots will also be monitored by a security camera. Board member Hillard Byom called the $15 price for a parking permit fair. Other school districts in the area charge students to park.
The school board also approved $75,000 in reductions to high school and junior high school athletics. Bahnks says that includes a $40,000 savings by eliminating the purchase of band uniforms next year and another $10,000 savings by eliminating next year's junior high uniform budget.
The high school will continue to offer classes to students at the Galesburg Area Vocational Center after the board approved keeping the program that drew praise from Kemmer and counselor Jenna Purlee.
|05 27 10 by Newsroom
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