ONTARIO — The Ontario High School parking lot got a facelift this summer, and the new lines were finished just last week for the new configuration.
Before, the parking lot had spaces in rows going north-to-south. The rows have been rotated 90 degrees and are now east-to-west.
The reconfiguration of the parking lot was something that was brought to the attention of the Ontario School District administration by the Ontario High School associated student body leadership earlier in the year as a safety concern.
According to Ontario High School Principal Jodi Elizondo, one issue with the old lot configuration was that some people were using the non-drop off lane to drop off students, creating a back-up of cars during the busiest hours of the day.
The configuration of the parking lot was one of several safety concerns that student leadership brought to the table. Another was that students drove unsafely in the parking lot in order to get a better spot.
“It created a safety hazard with students driving too quickly and carelessly in the parking lot,” Elizondo said.
In order to fix that problem, the parking lot will have assigned spaces for those with parking passes. According to Smith, a call will be made to students to inform them that parking passes can be picked up, or purchased if they haven’t already done so.
Parking spot designations will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.