According to Superintendent Dr. James Franco, Tracy High has 250 parking spaces available to students and 900 students eligible to drive.
“We’re going to see what we can do to find some additional parking,” he said during a regular meeting of the City-Schools Liaison Committee at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at City Hall. “I think we can look and see what parking is available other than what’s on campus.”
The committee includes school district employees, school board members, city employees and City Council members.
Franco told the rest of the group that district leaders were planning to create a map to give to students that would identify recommended off-campus parking areas.
Bonnie Carter, director of facilities and planning, told the group the school was short of what it needed by 75 to 80 spaces.
She said the district was looking at the 35 spaces at the Tracy branch of San Joaquin Superior Court, 475 E. 10th St., which has been closed since 2011. The district might try to set up temporary spaces at the former H.J. Heinz Co. factory on East 11th Street just east of the school or possibly promote student carpooling.
Carter also said students would regain access to 37 regular spaces and eight handicapped spaces at the end of the summer, when renovations to the agriculture building and Emma Baumgardner Theater are complete.
Franco said other options under consideration were encouraging parking off Franklin Avenue at the northeastern edge of the campus and making parking on campus a privilege for students with good grades. He said the latter was recommended by students.
City Councilman Michael Maciel also suggested offering students 80 spaces in a city parking lot next to Tracy Transit Station, at the corner of Sixth Street and Central Avenue. The lot is about three-quarters of a mile from the school.
Franco said they could look into providing shuttle buses.
To keep nearby residents happy, Franco said he had instructed the school staff to help clean up any trash students might leave behind on city streets.
On March 4, the Tracy City Council is expected to vote on a pilot program that would require permits to park on East 12th Street and Berverdor Avenue, between Mae Avenue and East Street, making those streets off limits for students who drive to school.
Franco accepted an invitation to make a presentation to the council discussing some of the parking options the district was proposing for students.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 4 in the council chambers at Tracy City Hall, 333 Civic Center Drive.
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