by Will Price, ’18

For the class of 2018, something we’ve heard since the first day of freshman year is that we were an unusually large class. With nearly 500 students, our class had approximately 80 more students than the classes of previous years. Up through junior year, that was nothing more than an unusual statistic and a lot more work for our counselors.

We, the class of 2018, didn’t really feel any consequences of the size of our class until this year, as we all returned to the high school to pick up our schedules. As school photos were taken and laptops were redistributed, a scary rumor started circulating around the LC: there were not enough parking spots for all the seniors. Cue the gasps, and the riot.

Many in the senior class can recall with uneasiness what it felt like to stand in line and wait as an overwhelmed teacher looked up name after name on a sheet of paper. Nervous to know your fate, one that could dictate how early you might have to wake up every day in order to find parking without a parking spot. The process was nerve-wracking and stressful, and the communication between the administrators and the students was lacking.

It was an unfortunate and bizarre situation, as assistant principal Luis Vasquez explained that the administrators didn’t know about the overflow of parking spots until they began distributing them.

“For the first time, we realized that we had names leftover when we got through all the spots,” said Vazquez, who is currently in his fifth year at UAHS.
Instead of a raffle, some had other suggestions for how spots should be given out. One of the most common alternatives suggested, according to Vazquez, were handing out seats based on GPA or previous disciplinary action., However, he said they determined that random selecting was the best way to do it.

“The only way we knew how to do was randomly selecting,” said Vazquez. “At the end of the day, it was the only fair way to hand them out.”

The wait list, which had about 40 names on it originally, was ordered through random selection as well. According to Vazquez, about 20 of those names ending up receiving spots.

At the end of the day, this situation was unfortunate for all, and the lack of prior knowledge for the students going into picture day was the biggest problem. This added to the chaos of the situation, as many were blindsided by the issue. Given the fact we filled out applications back in the spring, there should have been plenty of time for school officials to realize the issue with the overflow. If students had been warned early on, some backlash could have surely been avoided.
For future classes, parking could potentially be a problem as well. If the new school is to pass this November, parking spots will be needed for construction to be done over the next few years. When finished, the new school bill proposed does have more parking spots than we currently have know. As far as is known right now, no changes will be made in the process of distributing the parking spots. Hopefully if that situation does arise, they won’t be as clueless as we were.