Oct 2016–We love when clients come up with creative uses for eReserve Ticketing, in addition to using it for sports and fine arts. Lately we’ve been seeing more and more schools use it to make parking easier.
For high schools, meting out parking slots for student drivers can be a complicated process. Often there are carefully choreographed steps for allocating limited spaces to students by class or location. Even when there is ample parking, schools need controls. Add in the fact it happens over summer when students are off campus and you can understand the need for a simpler procedure.
Here is where eReserve Ticketing can be invaluable.
Using the very same interface and process used for seating at any event, eReserve Ticketing moves the entire process online. Students can log in from home, select their spots, pay, and download or print their receipt. Then it’s a simple matter of picking up their tags at the school.
Here are two real world examples of schools using eReserve Ticketing to improve the parking procedure.
Watch the money roll in!
Humble ISD in Texas has put a little twist on parking that both builds school spirit and raises extra funds for Project Graduation. In addition to reserving the conventional parking slot, students have the option to pay a bit more for the privilege of decorating their slot with acrylic paint!
“It’s back by popular demand,” said Kathy Fontenot, Financial Services. “The parents wanted it, and are willing to pay $100 per spot for their child to paint it.”
The students must submit a design for approval before painting. At the end of the school year, all the designs are power washed away so the incoming class can create their own new designs.
Having eReserve Ticketing set up at Humble made this possible.
“Our staff saved quite a bit of time,” she said, noting that the previous process required students standing in line, staff handing out paper receipts, and bookkeeping creating tabulation sheets for deposits. “With eReserve Ticketing and RevTrak we could streamline that process. Plus we have such better control doing it all online. Parents don’t want to send cash to school with kids. So now the campus doesn’t really have to do anything but watch the money roll in!”
The parking program worked so well, the district is looking at setting it up at Humble’s four other high schools.
One of the main reasons is convenience
Out west at Legend High School (Colorado), Assistant Principal Mike Ackerman uses eReserve Ticketing to handle all student parking reservations. The challenge at Legend is that the school has three different lots, with over 700 spaces, so there are a lot of choices.
“One of the main reasons we went to eReserve Ticketing is convenience,” said Ackerman, who is in his third year at this position. “It has grown so hard to keep up with. We used to do it by hand, with the students having to pay, make out their receipt, and get their paperwork. Now they’re able to do it all online. Plus, we can track the number of spaces so we don’t oversell.”
Let us know how you are using eReserve Ticketing to reduce cash, increase convenience, save staff time, and create better reports. The possibilities continue to grow!
Phil Houseal, Sales • (830) 456-6849 • email@example.com