About six parents attended the Monday night meeting of the Madison School Board to air complaints about how high school administrators had enforced parking policies last week.
Parents were upset after six student vehicles were towed on Tuesday from the north parking lot at Madison High School. Jerry Seitz, one of the parents, told the school board members that he considered the towing a too drastic measure for the student drivers having not parked within the outlined spaces in the parking lot.
The parents said that they were billed about $100 for each tow. Seitz also complained that the towing company had used a car carrier to move the vehicles, meaning that the autos were dragged onto and off of the transport truck.
In response, Bud Postma, the assistant high school principal, told the board members that six student vehicles were removed from the parking lot partly due to at least one complaint about how those vehicles had "blocked in" other student autos by parking in a third row. Postma said that he also received complaints from personnel responsible for the school buses and food service transport trucks that the parked vehicles were causing problems for the larger buses and trucks when the drivers tried to negotiate the parking lot's driving lanes and use the loading dock at the high school.
The parents addressed the board members during the public comment portion of Monday's meeting. The members decided to place the issue on the agenda of the March school board meeting.