Gardner Street off limits for STHS students
Teamwork may mean positive results for Gardner Street residents fed up with students parking and loitering near their homes.
Because of its proximity to South Tahoe High School, Gardner Street has been, for some time, a popular hangout for many students who cannot or do not leave campus during lunch.
Residents have complained of noise, litter, smoking, sexual acts, cursing, speeding and cars parked along the side of the road in front of their homes.
Representatives from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and South Tahoe High School have met with Gardner Street residents many times in the past year to brainstorm possible solutions.
Gardner Street will be completely off limits to students this school year, Principal Karen Ellis and Vice Principal Jack Stafford said Tuesday at a collaborative meeting with the parties listed above.
“Gardner Street is off limits to all students due to the ongoing problems of some STHS students’ littering and being disrespectful to many of the residents in the Gardner Mountain area,” school officials said in a bulletin to students and faculty, slated for distribution Sept. 4. “This area has been placed off limits to any STHS student who does not live in the neighborhood. Signs denoting these restrictions are obvious and anyone violating these restrictions will be subject to school disciplinary actions.”
In addition to posting signs, Ellis said gates accessing Gardner Street will be closed during lunch and the area will be patrolled by campus security and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn said she is pleased with the level of teamwork and dedication which has gone into solving the Gardner Street problem.
“I was really pleased. It was a real positive,” Scheerhorn said of Tuesday’s meeting. “I felt the high school administration had really listened carefully to what the residents had said were their concerns back in the spring. We had discussed some options and really took this to heart. The (high school administration) really stepped up to the plate and I think we’re going to be able to see a real difference for the community and also help our young people understand the need for respect – respect for each other and respect for their community.”
South Tahoe High student body government plans to focus this year’s school and community activities around respect.
Staying in line with the theme of respect, students plan to help clean up Gardner Street, Scheerhorn said.
Gardner Street resident Bill Yale said Tuesday he feels good about the progress made to reach a solution. He complimented Scheerhorn’s fair approach to the problem and said he looks forward to seeing results when school starts.
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