In the past, Broadalbin-Perth schools have been available to a variety of community organizations for them to use for regular meetings and special events. Traditionally, the Board of Education has not charged community organizations for most events that are held at the school.
However, during years when the district has operated under a contingency budget, New York State law has required the district to charge these community groups for the costs associated with their use of the buildings. These costs include electricity and fuel oil use, overtime for custodians and maintenance of any equipment that is used.
Depending on the size and duration of each event, these costs could add up to between $200 and $1,000 per event. During years when the district’s budget is passed by voters, the district generally absorbs these costs into its operating budget.
In addition to community organizations, individuals in the community also use Broadalbin-Perth schools for recreation during the evenings. The fitness center in the high school is open for use by community members during designated hours. Many walkers utilize the school’s hallways to maintain their fitness routines during inclement weather.
Do you think the Board of Education should consider charging community groups to use district facilities in non-contingent budget years? Do you support the district keeping its buildings open for community use until 10 p.m., on weeknights? Or do you think the district should consider closing its buildings at 6 p.m., or earlier?
- Over the past five years, the district has taken steps to address the security concerns associated with keeping its doors open after the traditional school day ends. This includes the use of video surveillance, which has helped the district catch and prosecute people who do harm to its buildings.
- Closing its buildings at 6 p.m. versus 10 p.m. on most weeknights would save the district less than $10,000 per year.