Why is CMS increasing the cost for groups using its schools?
W Currently, the cost of operating CMS schools for community purposes is $1.89 million. The school district collects $700,000 in fees. This leaves $1.18 million to be subsidized by the school district. Fees are being increased to "break even" and be fiscally responsible with taxpayer resources.
How much will fees increase?
Fees are increasing by 20 percent. If electricity will be used, a $10 per hour surcharge will be added. Nonprofit groups will continue to be charged a lower rate.
When was the last time CMS increased fees?
It has been at least 10 years since CMS increased fees for its community use program.
When will fees be increased?
Increases will be effective July 1, 2008.
How many organizations use CMS schools for activities?
In 2006-2007, 874 contracts were approved. School facilities were used more than 27,000 times for more than 121,000 hours.
What do groups use CMS facilities for?
Facilities are mostly used for recreational and athletic purposes. They are also used by religious, civic and business and cultural organizations. School-sponsored activities are not considered part of the community use of schools program. In addition, CMS does not collect information on community use of outdoor facilities such as tennis courts and tracks.
How do I get more information about using a school for an event?
Call the Community Use of Schools Office at (980) 343-5290 or visit our Contact Information page for more information or to access applications and contracts.