Juniors Adjust to Bus Transportation
The building of The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School has brought new challenges for upper classmen, and some of these were not anticipated. As the parking spaces for Pace faculty and students have been limited this year, juniors were the first to feel the cutbacks due to the construction. Junior year is the first year students can park at school, but due to construction only half of the junior class is able to park in the Pace parking lot each semester. Because not all juniors have parking spots at Pace, parking was made available at the St. Mary’s church off of Northside Parkway. All students that park at the church are transported to and from the school in the morning and afternoon in shifts via a bus.
The new transportation system has proven to be an efficient alternative for students to get to school, but there are still a few kinks in the system. “I have to get to the church earlier and I can’t leave school till 3:30 to get back to the church,” said junior William Pair. Students who take the buses in the morning must be at the church by 7:40, otherwise they will be left behind. Many students who either live far away or get stuck in traffic find it difficult to arrive at the church by that time. But junior Ginny Reynolds likes the new bus system. “I am not getting to school late anymore, so I have less tardies,” she said.
After school, the first shuttle starts at 3:30 to bring students back to the church. Problems arise with students who want to leave school at 3 o’clock instead of waiting the 30 extra minutes to leave. “Not leaving school until 3:30 is very inconvenient for people like myself who have schedules after school,” said junior Caroline Denny after explaining her strict rowing schedule. The school’s solution to getting students to school is effective for those who need to get there and have no other way, but not all students agree that the experience is a positive one.