The Brainerd School Board agreed Monday to charge students $10 a semester for a parking permit to help pay for additional security at Brainerd High School's lower level lot.
Principal Steve Razidlo said the school experienced an increase in reports of damage to personal property last school year and would like to use the money to increase security for the area. He said this parking lot is hard for high school staff members to supervise.
Currently, the district has one security officer who protects the lot of 350 to 400 parking spaces between 2 and 4 p.m. and with the additional funds the district would have one full-time security person from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Resident Marv Begin, Fort Ripley, does not believe the district should charge students for the permits and said the school is going to the extremes.
"The principal wants to penalize the students for parking," he said. "Why not only charge a segment of the students, or how about charging the teachers and principals?"
Razidlo said the additional security is needed and he is not looking at gouging the students. This puts the responsibility on the people using the lots, he said.
North Country Security charges $18,900 a year for a full-time officer.
Razidlo said if the school distributes between 800 to 1,000 parking permits per year at $10 a permit, the district could provide enough revenues to pay for the additional security.
In the second semester the district could probably collect between $8,000-$10,000 from the sale of parking permits.
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