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More Parking for Teachers, Less for RHS Students?

Council considering school board request

The Ridgewood Village Council on Wednesday will be discussing a request by the school district to require that Heermance Pl. be open to only those with parking permits, effectively booting students from spots during the day and giving teachers relief.

Village Manager Ken Gabbert, in an e-mail Tuesday, said the village is considering having parking on the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. permissable only by permit, which the school district would issue.

"This is one outcome," Gabbert said. "We are only looking for solutions that will have minimal impact on neighboring areas."

Ridgewood Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said the amount of spaces available for teachers is "very tight" and the district is looking to place ten vehicles on the small side street. Asked if ten spots designated for teachers would be enough to alleviate the parking problems for staff, Fishbein said: "We feel that should do it."

If such a change happens, it's certain to be somber news for students. Most students now pick from a few less-than-ideal options, like paying big bucks to park at a or trudging over from the Graydon parking lot.

The council work session begins at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

Boyd A. Loving February 01, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Has the school district consulted with a parking lot consultant/civil engineer to determine if the existing RHS parking lot can be easily reconfigured to fit in an additional 10 cars? What about the parking lot at the First Presbyterian Church; could that be reconfigured? The Graydon South parking area is more difficult for students to reach now that the foot bridge over the HoHoKus Brook is closed. All other options should be considered before more students are forced to make the long walk back and forth to Graydon.
Joe February 01, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Good question. I'm guessing that they have not paid anyone to do such a study. However, I would be surprised if anyone could squeeze 10 more spaces out of that lot. I'm confused by the story, however. Are they going to make the entire Heermance permit only for teachers? Or just 10 spaces?
James Kleimann February 01, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hey Joe, I should have been more clear – as of now, it looks like just the ten spots. I'll have an update after the council meeting tonight.
James Kleimann February 01, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Correction to my earlier comment: the changes would include ALL spots on Heermance that are already striped out.

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