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School lowers facility use fees
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING -- Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District trustees voted in regular session to reduce signifi cantly facility use fees for the Coldspring Youth Basketball League. Also, trustees learned that Coldspring Intermediate School has purchased its fi rst piece of playground equipment from donated funds. CIS and James Street Elementary School parents recent ly requested new playground equipment for the schools, citing lack of equipment for intermediate students and dilapidated conditions of existing structures on both campuses. Administrators told parents that District funding was not available, but Trustee Tony Sewell agreed to serve on a committee with school administrators and parents to seek outside resources. CIS principal, Vikki Curry, reported that the committee purchased a triple seesaw for $4,500 from donations and fundraising activities. Regarding CYBL facility use fees, trustees voted unanimously to reduce charges from about $425 to $70 per use. CYBL uses the gym every Saturday for eight weeks during its basketball season. Superintendent LaTonya Goffney and assistant superinintendent, Dr. Bill Chapman, met previously with representatives to discuss a more economical fee structure for the non-profit group. Afterward, Chapman investigated the matter by contacting several area school districts regarding their policies. He reported, “Everyone does something different.” The adopted change drops gym rental fees from $100 to $50 a day and provides custodial services for two hours a day, at about $10 an hour, as opposed to 12 hours a day. In return, CYBL assumes responsibility for the majority of clean up detail. CYBL will also seek to eliminate security costs through donated services. The security services roster must be submitted for approval to the COCISD police department. Trustee Dale Richards noted that trustees set previous fees because renters did not follow through on security and/or clean up needs. Goffney said that if more than two hours of custodial work were required, CYBL would be charged for the time at the custodial service charge rate. If security is not obtained, CYBL will also be charged for the presence of COCISD security. Trustees Berlin Bradford and Pat Johnson voiced support for the new fees, praising CYBL as a valuable service and opportunity for children in the community. Johnson, however, reiterated that the group would be held responsible for labor costs incurred by the District. In other business, trustees certified the 2010 tax roll as submitted by the San Jacinto County tax assessor’s office. Trustees also approved the purchase of a 9-passenger, Chevrolet Suburban at a cost not to exceed $32,000. The vehicle is to transport special education students only and paid for through federal funds. The current vehicle, a van, has accumulated 160,000 miles.