The guidelines also propose imposing fees on some individuals and groups to use school facilities.
“They’re meant solely to cover the cost of maintenance workers who are in the building who will have to close up for cleaning after an event,” Brimstein said.
If implemented, the fees would vary depending on the type of group hosting an event and the specific space being used. They could also be waived for student and nonprofit organizations.
While conducting its first reading of the proposed policy at the meeting, board members elicited applause from the audience by stating they didn’t want to make district facilities off limits to the public.
“I don’t want to close off the school to the community,” said board member Cynthia Mills
“I don’t, either,” added fellow member Kathleen Wyckoff. “I think we all pay for it; we deserve to use it.”
The board took no action on the proposed guidelines but asked Brimstein to provide them with more information about use fees, as well as the laws governing use of schoolhouse and grounds.
“I think we need some real clarification as to what the law states as permissible and what the law states as not permissible,” LaRocque said.
The board agreed that until a policy is adopted, the district would treat facilities-use requests as it had before discussions of implementing such guidelines began.
This, Brimstein told the Press-Republican, allows Zumba classes to continue at the school for at least the time being.
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