ERIC Number: ED246551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Good Policy Tips for Public Use of School Facilities.
To allow school district staff to administer community organizations' use of school facilities, school boards should set strong but flexible policies on such use, as has the Akron (OH) Board of Education. Although Ohio law allows schools to be used for a wide range of social, recreational, and religious activities, the board--acknowledging its instructional mission--restricts building use and charges user fees. Prohibited uses include (1) activities that may endanger school property; (2) gambling for any purpose; (3) activities not complying with safety regulations; (4) activities competing with local businesses; (5) activities "not in the public interest"; and (6) smoking and using or advertising alcoholic beverages. The superintendent may, however, make exceptions to these rules with board approval. Rental fees cover costs incurred by the users, primarily overtime pay for custodians. Many users, however, are wholly or partially exempt from charges, particularly groups directly related to the schools. Others pay either "noncommercial" or "commercial" rates, depending on whether or not they conduct fundraising events. In 1983 various groups rented the district's buildings for about 6,000 hours, paying over $100,000 in rent. (MCG)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Ancillary School Services, Board of Education Policy, Community Centers, Community Organizations, Community Services, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities, Space Utilization, State Legislation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Akron Public Schools OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National School Boards Association (Houston, TX, March 31-April 3, 1984).