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Installation of solar panels eats up precious parking spaces, say students

Some view campus construction as 'too much to handle'

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The main campus parking lot now includes solar panels. Administrators estimate the project will be completed by Dec. 21.

The main campus parking lot now includes solar panels. Administrators estimate the project will be completed by Dec. 21.

Logan Gorham

Logan Gorham

The main campus parking lot now includes solar panels. Administrators estimate the project will be completed by Dec. 21.

Logan Gorham, Staff Writer

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A pressing issue that’s been haunting both the students and the parents of Lincoln High School is the parking lot.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Lincoln has been putting up solar panels, which has caused a quarter of the parking lot to be closed off for construction.

The construction was started the day everyone got out of school according to Principal Lori Green, but the first two months were spent surveying the parking lot so sewer pipes wouldn’t be damaged during the construction.

Former Superintendent Tom Uslan stated that the large equipment should be leaving the site around September 21st, and the major work will end on approximately October 26. Inspections are expected to begin in early November, and the system is expected to be fully operational and producing power on December 21st. However not every student believes they can make it.

Reina Padilla is a senior at Lincoln High School who has already had her fair share of bad experiences in the parking lot. She’s been late nearly everyday despite living down the street from Lincoln, spending about 15 minutes trying to find parking every morning and half the time she ends up parking on Lincoln Road because there’s no spots available, or the morning traffic in the parking lot is just too much to handle. She believes that there should be a better system for parents dropping off their kids so the parking lot isn’t crammed, or that Lincoln High School students should be allowed to park in the Swenson golf course parking lot.

Jolena Velasquez is another students who has faced the unmerciful wrath of the parking lot, she was coming to school and ran over a nail that was in the parking lot giving her a flat tire. The school is trying to smooth things over by having campus security directing traffic in the morning and expanding the parking for Friday night football games.

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