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Parking causes issues on campus

Meredith Comas

The city of Manhattan has been known for generations for not having enough space for parking.  This is true at Kansas State University.  It is true in Aggieville. And it is also true at Manhattan High School.  MHS has had more than a fair share of parking issues. Chief among these issues are a lack of space and MHS students have not  been paying attention to where they should park.

“What we want to avoid is having to take any enforcement action,” school resource officer Brian Swearingen said. “And unfortunately the school has had to write several parking tickets on campus.”

To avoid getting a ticket students should pay attention to the signage around the parking lots. Free city parking can be found on Oak Drive, Pine Drive, the Sunset Zoo parking lot and on the other side of the Sunset Cemetery. All of these are locations that anybody can park during the day for free and should use approved walking paths and gates to get to the school grounds and the building.

“Parking on campus without a permit is $10 and if you are parking on campus without a permit or in a staff stall, that is a $20 ticket,” Swearingen said. “For the city if you park in a blue zone it’s a $15 dollar ticket, the same for the yellow zone.”

MHS security staff are increasingly frustrated over student parking issues and reportedly may begin exercising the posted ability to tow cars that are illegally parked. Drivers should be sure to pay attention to the signs to avoid this possibility.

“The school grounds are also subject to, if need be, we would like to avoid that possibility of having to tow anyone,” Swearingen said. “But anyone not properly parked with a permit on campus can technically be legally subject to having their vehicle towed, which is very costly.”

People wishing to avoid getting a ticket should make sure to either have a permit and park in the right lots, or park in a free parking zone if you do not have a permit. Students, staff and visitors should educate themselves to avoid a ticket or a towing incident.

“The best thing to do is pay attention to the signs,” Swearingen said. “The school has signage for the boundary and faculty parking lot and student parking.”

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Elizabeth Thornley, Staff Writer
Elizabeth Thornley is a sophomore staff writer for the MHS Mentor. She has been a member since the beginning of her sophomore year. Thornley joined the staff because she wanted to work with the cameras. In her free time enjoys playing the alto saxophone and playing soccer as well. Thornley is also a member of a marching band and looks forward to going to Disneyland later on in the year.   One piece of advice she has to people who want to join the marching band is “learn your left and right.” Elizabeth has been a part of the band and is a valued member of the community. She looks forward to the rest of this year.
Meredith Comas
Meredith Comas, Print Editor-in-Chief
Senior Meredith Comas has been a student journalist for five years. Entering her fourth year on The Mentor staff, she is currently the Print Editor-in-Chief.  Comas began her work on The Mentor her freshman year when she took 21st Century Journalism because of her love for literature, writing and designing. After her semester in 21st Century Journalism, she joined The Mentor staff during her freshman year, continuing in her sophomore year as the Opinions Editor. Comas then became Editor-in-Chief of “I saw [previous staff members'] drive to do something and I saw an outlet for me to write,” Comas said. “I’m kind of someone who regards myself with a lot of professionalism and I like being somewhere where I was met with other people with the same standard.” Other than being on staff, Comas is involved in numerous extracurriculars, including Environmental Science Investigations, Student Council, National Honor Society, Quill & Scroll, the Quill & Scroll Student Advisory Board, the Kansas Sunflower Girls State Alumni Association and French Club.  In her spare time, Comas enjoys reading, watching “The Great British Baking Show” and spending quality time with her cats.  

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