Lammersville may charge for use of school facilities
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — After years of allowing free use of school facilities, Lammersville Unified School District officials want to start charging fees to use rooms, fields and other facilities.

“This one is complicated,” Superintendent Kirk Nicholas said. “We’ll research first, then comparing it and try to make it a system that would work for the community. We have to have a balance between maintaining excellent facilities and working with the community to support the program.”

District officials have looked at fees charged in Tracy and Morgan Hill and other school districts as a basis for Lammersville’s plan, he said.

On April 2, trustees Matthew Balzarini and Shane Nielson volunteered to serve on a district advisory committee to iron out the details with the district’s chief business official, Alvina Keyser, and maintenance and transportation director, Jim Nolan. 

The district announced Tuesday afternoon that the first committee meeting would be at 1:30 p.m. today at the district office, 111 S. De Anza Blvd.

Nicholas said the committee would come up with a proposal for the board.

After the program was first introduced during a LUSD board meeting March 5, it underwent some modifications that led to slightly different plan, which Keyser detailed during the next board meeting March 19.

The proposed six-tier structure tries to address all possible uses for school facilities.

 Tier 1: Student activities sponsored by the school board

 Tier 1A: Extracurricular school events

 Tier 2: Indirect support to district students

 Tier 3: Non-curricular indirect support of district students (proceeds returned to schools or scholarships for students in schools in the form of donations)

 Tier 4: Youth recreation

 Tier 5: Other nonprofits (churches, adult sports, fundraising not beneficial to youth or public schools and charitable organizations

 Tier 6: For-profit organizations or not-for-profit uses not for district pupils or charitable purposes

Not everyone supports the idea of charging facility fees.

Representatives from Mountain House Little League and the Mountain House Hurricanes youth football program said during the March 5 board meeting that such fees would inflict a hardship on their programs.

“Please don’t charge us,” one Little League official said. “Our main focus is not to make money. We’re trying to continue to grow this program.”

She said that paying hourly and daily fees would mean higher prices for the parents of participating children and that such an increase would likely “shut them down.”

Nielson noted that other communities charge people who use their school sites.

“The district is not trying to make money,” he said. “Based on wear and tear, I don’t see zero change (as) a viable option.”

Officials have said they hope to have the fees set by July 1.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225. 

 
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