Bullitt Central parents, alumni speak out against school’s proposed parking pass policy

On Facebook, the school posted that students with higher ACT test scores would get priority to secure a school parking pass.
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 9:58 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Everyone’s heard the phrase parking lot party, but in Bullitt County, it’s become more like parking lot pandemonium.

Several Bullitt Central High School parents and alumni are upset at the way the school has proposed to prioritize its student parking passes.

On Facebook, the school posted that students with higher ACT test scores would get priority to secure a school parking pass.

After the post, several parents and alumni spoke out, claiming the new policy was the wrong way to reward students for their work.

“She works very hard and so I don’t think that her ACT score is representative of that, in my opinion,” Kelly Brauner said of her daughter Elainea. “There’s a lot of hard-working kids, like my daughter, who are represented by that score and it’s not accurate. The second thing is, there’s a lot of kids that have disabilities who can’t test well or they don’t test well. So I don’t think they should be penalized for that. That’s not fair.”

Kimberly Landreth agrees.

“They weren’t even using the right equipment for this,” Landreth said. “They were playing baseball, and they brought hockey gear. They just...I don’t know what they were thinking.”

In a follow-up Facebook post, Bullitt Central High School explained the school’s goal was to “celebrate and reward our students for their progress and achievements on the ACT, earning industry certification and demonstrating growth.”

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Bullitt Central High School parents and alumni spoke out against the school's proposed parking...
Bullitt Central High School parents and alumni spoke out against the school's proposed parking pass policy.(Courtesy: Bullitt Central High School Facebook)

WAVE News reached out to Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jesse Bacon, who said in a statement:

“The district does not oversee the process of handing out parking passes to students. That is a school function and is a policy/procedure of the school’s SBDM. I think it would be a good idea to reach out to the principal at BCHS so that he can directly address the misconceptions that are out there around this issue.”

Bullitt County High School’s principal Joe Lee said in a statement the move was to “celebrate and reward our students for their progress and achievements on the ACT.”

“During the 2021-2022 school year, two of our school-wide goals were to increase ACT scores and to increase postsecondary readiness (formerly known as transition readiness or college/career readiness). Each student had the opportunity to set individualized goals to work toward these school-wide goals. A few examples could include: a student increasing their ACT score by 2 points, reaching school-wide benchmarks, or earning a pathway industry certification (welding, agriculture, culinary, JROTC, and so on). Our school worked to praise each student and to reward those who either met their individualized goals, met school-wide goals, earned industry certificates or demonstrated growth. One of the many incentives we provided to students was a preferred spot for parking passes, which means students get to select their spot. This was communicated to students and families throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

Our intention was, and remains, to celebrate and reward our students for their progress and achievements on the ACT, earning industry certifications, and demonstrating growth. In doing so, we will continue to find ways to have high expectations for all students and reward those who have worked hard to achieve their goals.

We have a very limited number of spots available. With any system there will always be students who don’t get a pass. So being able to park at school is a privilege for our students. Our current plan is a way to celebrate and reward ALL students. Everyone on social media has chosen to focus on solely ACT scores and not the PostSecondary readiness, (which includes our trade school kids, military students, culinary, child care, etc). We have many students in this group that have earned industry certifications and are postsecondary ready and it has nothing to do with their ACT score. We have some students who struggle with the ACT and haven’t met any benchmarks but have shown progress from the previous year and they will be rewarded.”

Lee said the initial Facebook post was taken down as the school is making adjustments to the plan.

People like Landreth and Brauner said, if they had the opportunity, they would speak their minds directly to school leaders.

“When you boil it all down, and you take away that word inclusive, it’s just not fair for everybody,” Landreth said. “And I just feel like BC as a whole has always been, ‘let’s be fair.’”

“People like my daughter who are already working hard and stuff, that’s kind of a slap in the face,” Brauner said. “That’s kind of discouraging for her. It’s really unfair to them.”

BCHS’s first day of school is August 10.

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