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Paulding school board eases regulations on facility use
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
June 20, 2012 12:52 PM | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some private businesses will be allowed to use Paulding County School District facilities after the board last week revised a regulation on their use.

Previously, the regulation stated that “school facilities may only be used for nonprofit organizations or by for-profit organizations when the activity is instructional in nature and when the profit or the activity benefits the community at large.”

The revised regulations state a for-profit organization may use school facilities “when the activity is instructional in nature or when the profit or the activity benefits the students or community at large.”

Human Resources Director Clark Maggart said this new revision will allow for the growing number of businesses in Paulding, including the new Paulding Atlanta Film Studio in Hiram, to use district facilities.

The district also revised a part of the regulation which said no overnight use of school facilities was permitted. The regulation now states that “no overnight use of facilities will be allowed without approval from appropriate district personnel.”

Adaptations or changes to the facility, including modifications to electrical systems, lighting, sound systems, and similar items, even when considered temporary, are now allowed with the approval from district personnel.

The regulation also revised the rental of athletic fields.

Previously, organizations were not charged for non-school sponsored athletic events when they rented the fields.

With the revision, these organizations will be charged $150 just like those hosting non-athletic events.

Board member Nick Chester questioned whether the district could charge more money in the event an organization damaged the field.

Maggart assured the board that the district had a $1 million liability insurance policy in place for that reason.

He also said the school’s principal or the principal’s immediate supervisor would have to approve the event.

“I have no problem with a minimum [fee]” Superintendent Cliff Cole said. “I would like to stay consistent.”

In other action, the district also revised a regulation on providing student transportation.

The change allows the district to transport to Paulding County High School students selected for the Academy of Science, Research and Medicine magnet program at the school if they live out of the Paulding County High School zone.
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