BY JOSLYN TOMBACK
Cooper City High School seniors camped out on August 15 and 16 to try to acquire one of a limited amount of parking decals for the year.
Camping out for a decal is a long time tradition at CCHS, though this year was different than normal, with planned construction limiting the amount of available parking to 180 spaces.
According to CCHS administrator Jim Elder, the school is going to experience renovations that will affect student parking. At the start of the second semester, the last few rows on the far-east side of the senior parking lot will be blocked off and a new building will be erected in its place. Afterward, the main school building housing Student Affairs, Guidance and the science wing will be knocked down and made into the new student parking lot.
Because of this, some eligible seniors were forced to go without parking spots and no underclassman are able to purchase a decal this year.
“Reluctantly, we don’t have the ability to park juniors on campus this year,” Elder said.
Students who park in the construction zone will have their spots relocated to the church’s parking lot when students come back from Winter Break in January.
“The church’s parking lot can only hold 190 cars,” Elder said. “Emergency and handicap spots will be reserved. All spots are accounted for.”
The 15 students on the official waiting list and the others who wish to park on campus later in the year will have to stay posted for any new information.
“I’ll receive more information in the middle of September, and close to January a definite notification will go out,” Elder said.