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Long line forms at Stafford High

Stafford High School students and parents reported long waits Tuesday afternoon to pick up parking permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

The demand for parking comes as the school expects to lose at least a few spaces because of the construction of a new Stafford High next door.

Adding to the long lines were others who came to pick up their class schedules.

Parent Carrol Geller, whose son Avery will be a freshman, said she waited for about an hour to pick up her son’s schedule. Much of the wait was outside, where temperatures were in the mid-80s.

Geller said school officials eventually told parents that schedules would also be mailed to students.

If she had known that before, she said, she wouldn’t have stood in line for so long.

“It was kind of a waste of time,” Geller said, noting that some parents had taken the day off from work to show up.

Stafford schools spokeswoman Valerie Cottongim said about 400 people showed up. The format was a first for Stafford High, but it’s been done at other county high schools.

It was an opportunity for students to pick up their schedules and parking permits—or pay outstanding fees—before next Tuesday’s open house, she said.

“It will help alleviate [crowds] next Tuesday night,” Cottongim said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402