The Clarke County Public School system is tightening its policy on usage fees for school facilities. CCPS will charge the Clarke County Youth Football League (CCYFL) a daily use rate for access to playing fields, bleachers, press box and concession stands at Johnson-Williams Middle School during the coming 2011 summer season.
“This is our attempt to implement the use of school facilities policy in a fair and uniform manner” Dr. Michael Murphy told the Clarke County School Board at its June 20th recent school board meeting.
Murphy said that CCYFL’s facility use compensation to the school district includes a $1500 payment in April and an “in-kind” contribution of power washing and painting the JWMS press box and concession stand.
Murphy said that Clarke County maintenance manager Bobby Levi estimates the value of the power wash and paint at between $1800 – $2000.
“CCYFL has used our facilities for several years for football and cheerleading camps, practices, and events” Murphy said. “Mr. Trenary [CCPS Operations Director] has worked with Clarke County Youth Football League on an agreement for the use of the facilities, including maintenance of the field.”
Enforcement of fees for using school facilities comes as Clarke County Public Schools face increasingly difficult budget challenges. Both school and county officials general agree that the coming budget cycle will be equal to, or perhaps more difficult, than the past school year. The budget challenges and fiscal philosophies for dealing with declining education funding from the Commonwealth were highlighted in the recent debate between the School Board and the Clarke County Board of Supervisors over a proposed $246K teacher bonus package. The Supervisors ultimately agreed on a compromise that allowed a $150K bonus.
While the CCYFL facility use payment is small, it may signal a broader policy change by school administration to more aggressive search for supplemental budget funding wherever possible.
In addition to access to JWMS football facilities, the five-year agreement with CCYFL requires the organization to pay for a yearly turf maintenance program to include aeration, seeding, fertilization and weed control based on the needs of the JWMS game field by a mutually agreed upon third-party. CCYFL is also responsible for the repair, maintenance, modification and operation of field structures as well as ensuring that the concession stand meets health and fire regulations.
CLARKE COUNTY YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Facility Use Fees for 2011
|Date(s)||School Site||Facility||Use||Time||FY 2011 Fee|
|6/25/11||JWMS||Game Field||Try-out||8 :00am-11 :30am||$110 per day|
|8/1-5/11||JWMS||Game Field||Pre-season practice||5:00pm-8:30pm||$110 per day|
|8/6/11||JWMS||Game Field||Pre-season practice||8:00arn-12:00pm||$110 per day|
|8/8 -11/11||JWMS||Front Field||Practice||M-TH 5:00pm – 8:30pm||$38 per day|
|8/8- 11/10||Cooley||Back Field||Practice||M-TH 5:00pm -8:30pm||$38 per day|
|8/8-11/10||Primary||Back Field||Practice||M-TH 5:00pm -8:30pm||$38 per day|
|9/3-11/12||JWMS||Game Field||Garnes||Saturday 7:00am -6:30pm||$110 per day|