School Officials Again Seeking Parking Shuffle at RHS

The schools are again hoping the village council will allow teachers to take over parking at Heermance Place, effectively kicking out students.

Ridgewood schools superintendent Daniel Fishbein and board president Sheila Brogan are expected to appear at the council Wednesday night to again request that the village cede public parking on Heermance Place.

This past spring, the prior council voted unanimously to deny the school's request that 12 public parking spots be designated specifically for teachers. Students currently wake up early to nab the spots.

Fishbein in his March request said several teachers are without parking spots; he believed employees should be afforded the opportunity to park where they work. The spots would have been granted by permit, allowing teachers to park on the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The council in its denial expressed concern in "creating a precedent."

Village and schools officials will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the matter.

Ridgewood Mom December 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
It does not make any sense to consider whether students, as taxpayers, should get precedence over teachers because Ridgewood high school students aren't tax payers. Their parents are. What makes sense is to ask parents, as tax payers, whether they really think that the most intelligent function of the school system is to treat their children like little princes and princesses with teachers understood to be their servants, butlers and nannies. Or whether it makes more better sense, as tax payers, that we support our teachers as dignified community leaders in order to help empower them to be as effective as possible at educating our children. Personally, I couldn't care less if my boys get caviar and manicures when they attend school. I would prefer that they look up to their teachers as a means of improving themselves, and so that they can get the best possible education.
RidgewoodResident December 07, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Oh please with the hyperbole, Ridgewood Mom. Students and teachers having equal access to parking is not the same as an equal voice on the curriculum, and students having a place to park if they wake up early enough is not caviar and manicures.
Gene Callaghan December 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Great compromise..Open up Brookside to student parking like it used to be.
Ridgewood Mom December 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
RidgewoodResident, With reference to the point that I made using those analogies, how is it different?
Joann December 08, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Ouch, Maureen. Entitlement? Sound like someone hates or is jealous of the teachers. Where does your anger come from? Also, not one person has mentioned respect in these comments. When I was a child (and that's what the kids at the hight school are), I respected my elders and would understand that they deserved certain privileges that I, as a child, would hopefully earn someday when I grew up. It's time some of these parents show an example to their children and respect the teachers, cafeteria and custodial staff by allowing them to simply park where they work.


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