By Mike Bowman, Fremont County School District 1 Superintendent
(Lander) – Superintendent of Schools, Mike Bowman, presented the Fremont County School District #1 Board of Trustees with a policy revision on community use of school district facilities.
The revisions stemmed from the Trustees hearing a request from a community group requesting to use a school district gym for Tae Kwon Do lessons and the district’s policy of not allowing the facility use because the group is a for-profit group.
Dr. Bowman told the Trustees that the major changes in the policy included:
- Restriction of the types of rooms available to groups wishing to use our facilities. Those rooms include gymnasiums, common areas, cafeterias, and the LVHS auditorium; although, groups like Girl Scouts could be approved for other rooms, such as an art room, to work on special projects.
- Restriction that rental to for-profit groups will only be for groups that provide cultural, educational, or recreational experiences for school-age youth.
- Further restriction that our facilities will only be available to for-profit groups if there are no suitable facilities available in the community.
- Provision for other groups to be able to use our facilities under special circumstances.
Trustees expressed concern about how and who will determine whether or not there are suitable facilities available in the community. Dr. Bowman said that the Business Manager and/or the Superintendent would have to make that decision based on their awareness of community facilities. Trustees also expressed the concern raised at the September 17 meeting regarding allowing school district facilities to be used for someone’s business. Trustee Brooke Sutton said that the rate established for rental of the facilities must be based on fair-market value. Dr. Bowman said that a rental fee schedule will be established after the policy has been approved. The final reading and possible adoption of the policy change will occur November 19.