Hartselle board amending school facility use policy
By Deangelo McDaniel
HARTSELLE — The Hartselle Board of Education has taken its first step toward changing how for-profit organizations use school athletic facilities.
The proposed policy change would require that users get permission from the athletic director and school board before using school-owned facilities.
If a tennis instructor, for example, wanted to use the tennis courts for a clinic or workshop, that instructor must first have the board’s OK.
“Has something happened to give rise to this?” board member Jeff Gray asked.
While the change is not specifically directed at tennis court users, Superintendent William Michael Reed said, an incident at the courts highlighted the need for change.
The courts are about 20 yards from Hartselle Junior High. Reed said people have tried to use them while classes are in session.
“This is not good for the school or our students,” he said.
Board member Kathy White Goodwin wanted to know how the policy change would impact city-league basketball teams.
Park and Recreation Director Frank Miller said the city occasionally uses city facilities for basketball games.
“Everything we make during these games goes back into the league,” he said.
Miller said the city has always had a good relationship with the school system about facilities.
“We provide a lot of city-owned fields for them and don’t charge anything,” he said. “I don’t anticipate this policy having any impact on us.”
Reed said the policy change is designed to regulate commercial entities that want to use school facilities for profit.
“This is something we needed to look at as a board,” he said.
The policy will not become final until the board approves the final reading at its August meeting.
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