After many months of deliberation, the Morgan County School Board approved a new fee schedule governing the use of district buildings.
“It is hard to make it please everyone because there are so many variables,” said Superintendent Doug Jacobs.
The board agreed to lower the suggested hourly rates from $100 to $75 for use of the auditorium and gym and from $300 to $200 for use of the stadium. Revenue from the rental fees will fund the utilities and building maintenance, said District Business Manager D’Lynn Poll.
“We are not here to make money, but we are not here to lose money either,” said Boardmember Ken Durrant.
The new policy defines three categories including nonprofit community organizations, commercial and profit making.
Those teaching instrumental lessons needing a location for their recitals would fall into the profit-making category, Jacobs said. Civic groups such as the county Democratic Party would have to pay $200 an hour for use of district facilities.
Unfortunately official nonprofit status with the state does not qualify groups to be in the nonprofit community category, Board President Bruce Galbraith said.
“Your description qualifies you,” he said.
Charitable institutions that make a profit, such as the Relay for Life, would also fall into the category that would necessitate the payment of fees. However, such groups can ask district officials and building administrators to consider a reduction in fees, waiver, or school sponsorship to help cover the fee.
The new policy also specifies which groups would need to provide proof of liability insurance. That requirement will be waived for weddings, family groups, civic groups, and class reunions “because that can be cost prohibitive,” Jacobs said.
The fees would have to be paid in advance of use of the facility, according to the new policy.