Did you know that the New Berlin high schools charge the students $185 per year to park their cars in the parking lot while they attend school? In addition, a police officer patrols the lots and tickets the kids who don't have a parking pass. If the fee isn't paid within three days, it increases from $15 to $40, and the check gets made payable to the New Berlin Police Department!
Many kids drive to school because they participate in extracurricular activities, or have a job right after school, for which they need their vehicle. The school district does not provide a late bus, nor can the kids ride their bikes to school because both high schools are located on busy streets. Plus, there is plenty of room in the parking lots, so space is not an issue. The kids would have to work over 24 hours at a minimum wage job just to earn enough money for their parking fee.
In addition to appearing at a School Board meeting, I've had multiple email conversations with Superintendent Joe Garza (because he refuses to talk with me or meet with me in person) and asked him why this fee is necessary. He responded that it was implemented before he was superintendent.
He said that I could come and look at the public documents at the district office to find out when and why the fee was enacted. However, I would have to pay a preliminary fee of $50 to come and search for the memo announcing this fee because, in his exact words, "Identifying responsive records will require looking for a needle in a haystack, so to speak, among board meeting minutes and internal memos from before 2007."
So in essence, he has no idea when and why this fee was put into place, but the fee will continue just because.
If our kids should pay to park, then so should the teachers and the entire administration. What's fair is fair.
I urge you to please call Joe Garza at (262) 789-6220 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know that we'd like this fee waived or we'd like the teachers and administration to start paying to park as well.
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