The Rapid City Area School Board will meet today and take another step toward adopting a new policy to charge community groups to use school facilities.
Groups will be classified based on how closely their activities relate to education or benefit students. The group or organization will then be charged based on that classification.
For example, an organization classified as a private interest could pay $50 an hour for the use of an elementary school gym. And since the minimum rental time is two hours, the group will pay at least $98 for the gym use.
The previous policy stated that all organized youth groups from within the district that do not charge a fee or admission to events may use school facilities rent free. And they were only charged for overtime if custodial services were needed.
Superintendent Tim Mitchell said the change is part of a larger review and updating of all school policies. The board is expected to give final approval to the policy on July 18.
The school board is also expected to pass a new agreement with the Rapid City Education Association, a union for teachers and other school employees, at today's meeting.
The changes in the contracts and agreements include a 5 percent one-time payment of base salary to be paid in November.
Teachers also will be able to be suspended without pay instead of just with pay. And the teacher's calendar is now non-negotiable. The calendar will be determined unilaterally by the Board of Education.
The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the City/School Administration building at 300 Sixth St., Rapid City.