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Q: What's up with the high school charging students to park? As a public entity isn't it legal for students to drive and park there? Is it legal for them to charge the students for parking at the school?

A: Payson High School Principal Sue Myers said it is legal for the district to charge a fee for parking to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the parking lot.

The school is given the authority to charge a fee by the Arizona Revised Statutes, 15-342.19. However, the law also allows the district to waive the fee in the case of need or economic hardship, Myers said. Police volunteers patrol the parking lot at random to check vehicle stickers, she said.

A traffic officer from the Payson Police Department is also on hand at busy drive times.

"It is all in concern for student safety," Myers said.

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