Kellam High School parking issue irritates neighbors

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – There is a parking battle brewing at West Neck Commons in Virginia Beach. Kellam High School students use the area in front of the school as a parking lot.

All students park legally on public roads, but neighbors still think it’s wrong.

Residents believe Kellam High School and the Virginia Beach School Board need to do something about it.

Resident Ashley Hayes blames Kellam High School and the Virginia Beach Public School Board,

“People look and say, why are there so many cars here? Why doesn’t the school take responsibility for these cars? They are their students,” Hayes said.

10 On Your Side drove through the Kellam High School parking lot on Tuesday morning and counted at least 50 empty parking spaces. The school system has indicated that about 600 places are reserved for eligible juniors and seniors.

So second year Tessa Scheminant parks across the street. We asked her if she should be able to park on the school grounds.

“Yes, 100%. If I could get a permit, I would park in high school, of course…Even if it cost $45,” she said.

10 On Your Side called Virginia Beach City Public Schools and received an email response stating “there would be no comment on the public parking issue.” Neighbors say that’s what caused the problem.

On the Kellam High School website it says “Kellam High School parking stickers/passes for 2021-2022 are SOLD OUT! …Students without a pass/decal are not permitted to park on Kellam HS property.

So some students legally park across the street at West Neck Commons.

There is a runoff. Hayes is trying to sell his house and all the traffic on the street during school hours doesn’t help move the house on the market.

“A person pulled up in the driveway and said, ‘We don’t want to live in a neighborhood where we have to deal with these cars,'” Hayes said.

The West Neck Commons Homeowners Association has voted not to put up signs that read ‘No Parking 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. [on] school days. Towing required.

During the school day, towing is enforced, but this applies to everyone, including owners.

Neighbor Chris Roberts, who is vice president of the homeowners association, explains why they voted no.

“I have two children who drive. I have three or four cars and I can’t even park on the street during school hours… We have to park there with our cars,” he said.

10 On Your Side asked if requiring a permit for on-street parking during school hours would be a helpful option

Roberts replied

“We didn’t have that option. The city said we couldn’t do this,” Roberts said.

10 On Your Side will continue to follow this story and post updates on any developments.

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