ERIC Number: ED400590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Parks: Developing Partnerships.
Virginia State Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Richmond.
Often, local governments and school boards look for more ways to stretch limited resources in order to provide quality public facilities and services. This report outlines various ways in which schools and parks-and-recreation departments can share facilities, which allows the two parties to split the cost and double the benefits to local citizens. A written agreement should specify the authority for entering the agreement; the intent and purpose of the agreement; description of the facilities, areas, and equipment to be shared; description of the activities and services to be offered; use priority; staffing and supervision requirements; financial arrangements and responsibilities; and operating policy and procedures. Entering into a school-park agreement eliminates unnecessary duplication of programs, provides greater access to public recreation facilities, increases public awareness of funding needs, reduces vandalism, provides access to needed facilities at no cost, and reduces personnel turnover. The report contains a sample model of a Virginia legal agreement between a school board and a parks-and-recreation agency and presents examples of school-recreation department cooperation in various Virginia counties. Attachments include a sample worksheet for itemizing property and a sample schedule that designates legal responsibility. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia