Climbing student enrollment led school two top school officials to request that the council cede parking at Heermance Place to the district, and now Dan Fishbein and board president Sheila Brogan have the full support of the school board.
At the Monday school board meeting, Fishbein, the superintendent, told the board that the district has requested 23 public parking spots on Heermance Place be closed to the public. Some future classes are projected to near 500 students, necessitating greater staff levels, Fishbein said.
According to Fishbein, there's a current deficiency of about 30 spots.
Only Ridgewood High School staff members during school hours would be permitted to park at the spots, which traditionally have been taken by early-rising students. Between five and ten spots in the main parking lot would then open to visitor parking, Fishbein said.
No board members opposed the Heermance Place request Monday night.
The only real change was the district rescinding its request that staff be permitted to park on one side of Beverly Road.
School board member Jim Morgan had expressed concern over safety issues at the street (which he lives on) adjacent to the high school.
The previous Ridgewood village council in March had voted down the school board's request on Heermance Place. The current council, which has favored the proposal, is scheduled to further discuss the request in January.