The Parking Debacle

Christopher Findley, Opinions Editor


When the school opened up a few years back, there were fewer students and less traffic. Forsyth County, where Lambert draws its students from, has experienced a 77% increase in population in the 2000 decade alone, with even higher rates of increase past 2010. It isn’t surprising that when Lambert was built to counter the rising population of young families with students that grades with higher numbers of enrollment would soon flood the school, as more and more families moved into the area. The school, built to accommodate the population at the time of planning, was already at high occupancy upon construction, and since has had to undergo the addition of trailers. When all four grades have over five hundred students this year, it isn’t surprising that additional parking would have to be added eventually. Construction has begun that will open some odd two hundred and forty more parking spots available for junior students upon completion. As for when the project will be completed, it is reliant upon the Department of Transportation, who is currently in the process of using the hill for widening of Highway 20, a possible timesuck on the arrival on the new parking spaces. If you haven’t noticed, it’s because construction occurs at night to ensure the safety of the students and staff at Lambert, when they are absent. Dr. Davison hopes “that the hill will be reduced, taken to a gravel base, and spots plotted out within a month.” Of course, this is uncertain to the unpredictability of weather.

The parking lot has been a difficult process. The need for additions to the student parking lot have been present for quite some time, as many students work, take classes off campus, and leave at various times, however due to the difficulty with working around the already constructed school campus, process wasn’t immediate. With varying points of stop and start from nothing happening to ground being broken over night, it’s been quite the rollercoaster. The gravel lot officially was opened on September 15th, with students told to reserve spots as soon as possible. Parking alternatives have been available for quite some time, but the new lots being built will surely make a lot of Lambert students and staff happy.