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New school rental policy OK'd

August 04, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The new version of the Washington County Public School's policy on renting school facilities was unanimously adopted by the Washington County Board of Education at Tuesday's meeting.

The policy will go into effect on the first day of school, Aug. 25, the board decided.

The effective date is earlier than a Sept. 7 effective date he had tentatively set, Chief Operating Office William Blum said.

"You don't need that much notice for good news," Blum said.

The board unanimously approved the first reading of the revised policy on renting school facilities at its July 20 meeting.

The new policy is essentially a revocation of a controversial August 2003 decision in which the board decided to start collecting fees from youth groups to cover some of the cost of building upkeep, Blum said.

The school board on April 6 voted 6-0 to suspend the fees for youth groups and school-related organizations.

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The policy was revised after representatives of youth groups objected to being charged to use facilities they previously could use for free.

Youth groups, school-related groups, booster organizations, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are among the groups that will not be charged under the revision.

Service clubs and for-profit groups will continue to be charged a fee for using school buildings.

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