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Price to park going up for Pine-Richland students

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Student drivers at Pine-Richland High School can expect to pay $10 more for the privilege of parking at the school next year.

The rate was increased from $50 to $60 per student parking pass for 2014-15, the first hike since 2007, said Assistant Superintendent Michael Pasquinelli.

The Pine-Richland School Board approved the new parking rate at its July 14 combined meeting in a 7-0 vote with directors Laura Ohlund and Dennis Sundo absent.

Pasquinelli said the extra $10 will help offset a possible decrease in funds due to the change to the activity fee structure.

New guidelines were set up in April to specify which groups and sports require the activity fee to participate, when previously all extracurriculars and sports required the fee.

“We thought a $10 fee increase was fair and appropriate after not making any changes over the last seven years,” the assistant superintendent said.

The district expects to get between $3,000 and $5,000 more this year from the increase.

The new $60 rate is comparable to surrounding school districts' student parking fees, Pasquinelli said. A year-long student parking permit is $150 at Mars Area High School, $120 at Seneca Valley and $100 at North Allegheny.

Pine-Richland High School has about 440 parking spots available to students, Pasquinelli said. Only senior and juniors are eligible to apply for a parking permit.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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