WESTERLY — Seniors at Westerly High School will have the chance to register for free vehicle parking on campus for the 2018-19 school year starting on Tuesday.
The school has announced that licensed seniors in the class of 2019 will be given a spot in the student parking lot free of charge. The spots will no longer be assigned by parking space number.
In previous years, student parking cost $20 per year and was assigned on a first-come, first-served basis for a numbered spot.
The School Committee voted in July to scrap the parking policy and its associated $20-per-spot parking fee, and instead allow parking to be addressed in the student handbook.
The school had 184 spots available in 2017-18 for juniors and seniors. Of that total, 165 parking passes were issued.
Now, students will complete a parking-registration form and submit it to the school’s main office. A parking sticker will be given to the student and must be displayed on the car they registered. The sticker also allows each student to park his or her vehicle in the designated student parking section for juniors and seniors.
For juniors, those scheduled to graduate with the class of 2020, the chance to get one of the remaining open parking spots will come up on Sept. 10. Students will be able to enter their names for a lottery-style drawing for the remaining parking spaces. Names will be drawn on Sept. 14, and winners will be notified by school email.
Parking privileges are for licensed seniors and juniors only, the school said.
The printable registration forms will be available starting on Aug. 21 on the school’s website, the school announced.
Westerly is not alone in changing its student parking fees.
In February, Stonington’s Board of Education reduced student parking fees from $100 to $25 per year for 2018-19 and decided to set aside the money for student clubs and to help students who cannot afford field trips.