On-campus parking for students at Evanston Township High School just got more expensive by some 25 percent for the new school year.
Not only that, but the board, at an early-morning meeting Monday, approved plans for another boost two years from now.
Student parking fees are currently $200 a year. With the increase, the fee for the coming year will be $250, with plans to increase the fee to $300 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Board member Gretchen Livingston asked deputy chief financial officer Mary Rodino if consideration had been given to the effect of the increase on available free parking on side streets adjacent to the school grounds.
Rodino said there is already a waiting list for spaces at the school and that the increase, therefore, was unlikely to have any additional impact on nearby street parking.
Rodino noted that the staff had researched other schools and said in an accompanying memo that “staff could not find any other area school that charges less than $250 per year for parking fees.”
A spokesperson for New Trier High School confirmed that parking is at a premium at the Winnetka campus and that only seniors are offered the opportunity to park at one of the two school-controlled lots in the area and that the fee is $550 per semester, or $1,100 per year.
There is an alternative for New Trier students, however, she said, as those with valid drivers licenses may park for free at the freshman campus in Northfield, where they can board a free shuttle to the Winnetka campus.
In response to a question, Rodino also said there are no parking fee discounts for ETHS students from low-income families, although the administration would work to accommodate special cases.