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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township


702 Use of School District Facilities and Equipment

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for community use of school facilities and equipment.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

The School Board encourages maximum use of school facilities and equipment for community purposes if, in its judgment, that use will not interfere with use for school purposes.

III. SCHOOL DISTRICT USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

A. St. Francis Area Schools Community Education Department shall be charged with the process of scheduling district buildings and grounds.

B. Procedures for facility and field use, and collection of fees shall be the responsibility of St. Francis Area Schools Community Education Department.

C. Facility use rates may be structured to include a pro-rata portion of costs for district employees that may be needed.

IV. GENERAL COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

A. The St. Francis Area Schools Community Education Department may authorize the use of school facilities by community groups or individuals. Such use will not be considered an endorsement of such organization, groups or individuals by the school board. It may impose reasonable regulations and conditions upon the use of school facilities as it deems appropriate.

B. Requests for use of school facilities by community groups or individuals shall be made through the community education department. The community education director will develop a procedure manual for the use of district facilities and equipment. This procedure will be updated annually, or more often at the discretion of the community education director

C. Rental fees may be required for the use of school facilities. Such fee may include the cost of district employees if deemed necessary. It may also require a deposit and does require liability insurance for the proper use and repair of damage to school facilities. Facility use policy and procedures will be assigned to the community education department and they will be responsible for administering the school boards facility use policy.

D. When emergencies or unusual circumstances arise that necessitate rescheduling the use of school facilities, every effort will be made to find acceptable alternative meeting space.

V. RULES FOR USE OF FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

The school board expects members of the community who use facilities and equipment to do so with respect for school district property and an understanding of proper use. Individuals and groups shall be responsible for damage to facilities and equipment.A certificate of insurance is required by the school district to ensure payment for these damages and any liability for injuries.

Legal References

Minn. Stat. § 123B.51 (Schoolhouses and Sites; Access for Noncurricular Purposes)

Adopted: October 8, 2018

School Board
Independent School District 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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