When I first moved into my middle school classroom 30 years ago, our small school housed grades 4 through 8. We parked our cars in an unpaved lot, which worked out fine because there weren’t many of us.
About 10 years ago the school board and community closed the little elementary school across town, built a sizable addition onto ours, and brought grades K-8 under one roof. This was supposed to save money, but like most consolidation plans, it didn’t deliver exactly as promised, a fiscally disappointing result that can be traced mostly to benign wishful thinking. It’s worth noting, however, that in many cases consolidation boosters’ financial forecasts qualify less as wishful thinking and more as willful deception.
Anyway, along with our bigger school, we got a bigger parking lot. While adding four more grades meant we needed room for more teachers to park, the new paved lot seemed to go on forever. I couldn’t imagine how we’d ever fill it.