Arizona Revised Statute §15-1105 allows the Governing Board to lease school buildings and charge a reasonable fee or in-kind payment for their use. Policy KF establishes the TUSD Rentals Office as the office to coordinate these leases and to charge appropriate fees. This regulation outlines the rules and procedures to implement Policy KF.
"District-sponsored activities" are those activities sponsored by the Governing Board, central administration or by individual schools.
The "building-in-use" period is from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm only on days when school is in session or during District-sponsored activities or when the activity is ancillary to District-sponsored activities (e.g. Booster Club concessions during football games). All other times and days, including holidays, weekends, and during the summer, are considered "building-not-in-use" periods.
Priority of Uses
District sites will be used in the following order of priority (see Group/Activity Descriptions for information on each category):
To protect the school, the District and site councils, all activities held in TUSD facilities must be insured for liability (in the amount of $1,000,000.00) naming the District as an additional insured. Only activities sponsored by the TUSD Governing Board (District-sponsored) will be covered by District liability. District personnel wishing to host or sponsor an activity that involves bringing in outside persons/groups must receive authorization from the TUSD Director of Risk Management.
District employees who step outside of the normal scope of their employment or open facilities to activities that are not District-sponsored may be assuming personal liability for the activity. Workers' compensation claims will be denied and liability may be transferred to the person who organized the unauthorized event.
Unless exempted specifically in this regulation, individuals or persons reserving space for non-District-sponsored activities must secure a rental agreement through the Rentals Office to provide insurance and make arrangements for security, personnel and equipment. This applies even if no fees are charged.
The District reserves the right to review and deny use of facilities for events that may not be in accordance with restrictions listed in Governing Board Policy KFA, Public Conduct on School Property and KI, Visitors to Schools; or when facilities may not be in full compliance for public use or when the renter has special requirements the District cannot reasonably accommodate.
As listed in the Rental Rate Schedule Exhibit KF-E, TUSD has extended special rates to certain groups that directly serve TUSD students and their community. The following is a list of groups with varying rental rates or submittal requirements.
These do not require a rental agreement and they are not charged any fees. Programs listed in other categories may be classified in this category if they are sponsored by the District.
Some uses of TUSD facilities are detailed in Governing Board authorized Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA). Logistics for these agreements, including all fees, are handled by Planning Services. Other Special Programs fees such as those for City and County elections are included in the rental rate schedule KF-E. Some Special Programs, such as professional development for TUSD personnel or Emergency/Crisis Services, may be negotiated individually using the criteria established by this regulation and Policy KF. Signature of the Chief Operations Officer is required for approval of rentals in the latter category.
Direct Service Groups:
These groups provide direct services to the schools and students and are not charged for use of the facilities except as needed to recover District costs and reimburse individual schools. They fall into two categories:
Category 1: those that are composed of and serve the immediate school community, such as
Category 2: those that serve the District overall
Rental agreements are not required for uses in Category 1 during the building-in-use period. Rental agreements are required for Category 2 uses; any event not directly and exclusively serving TUSD students or staff or parents; and any event outside of the building-in-use periods.
Community and Youth Service Programs:
These are programs provided by organizations solely committed to serving youth or by publicly-sponsored, community-service organizations. These programs support the educational function of the District by providing supplemental education and support to students and their parents and by stabilizing the neighborhoods around the schools. They are not charged for regular meetings and one yearly organizational meeting. They are charged non-profit rates for any special meetings such as banquets, derbies, potluck dinners, special fund raising events, etc.
Rental agreements are required for all Community and Youth Service activities.
Examples of youth programs are:
Examples of Neighborhood Services are:
Examples of other Community-Service Organizations are:
Examples of child care programs are:
Examples of youth leagues are:
These are groups that are recognized as non-profit by a 501-C3 tax designation or any similar designation. Rental agreements are required for all non-profit activities.
Examples of groups that qualify for non-profit rates are:
These are individuals or organizations that operate for financial gain. Rental agreements are required for all for-profit activities.
Examples of for-profit groups are:
All uses are expected to reimburse the District/site for utility, supply and employee costs with the following exceptions:
Sites may enter into agreements with activities for the reimbursement of all or a portion of the rental fees (not utility, employee, or supply fees) through the contribution of goods or services. The activity must submit documentation to the site administrator and the Rentals Coordinator that shows the value of the goods or services meets or exceeds the fees which may be excused.
The Chief Operations Officer will resolve all interpretations and/or disputes related to the application of this regulation.
Use of kitchen facilities in schools requires the employment of a District Food Service employee. Those arrangements are made on a separate basis with the Director of Food Services.
Distribution of Income from Rentals
In accordance with A.R.S. §15-1105, a "Civic Center School Fund" account shall be established with the County Treasurer. Monies collected or derived from use of school facilities shall be deposited in this fund and may be expended from Civic Center School purposes as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes. The Chief Financial Officer of the District shall monitor this account.
Revenue from Rentals will be distributed as follows: After the direct expenses for utilities (energy), off-site (non-school) employee expenses, and operations of the Clothing Bank and rentals office are covered, the remaining revenues will be divided with one-third retained for central services, and two-thirds to the site that generated the funds. (The site shall cover staff salaried expenses for their own staff out of the monies they receive from the Civic Center School Fund.)
A committee shall be appointed by the Director of Planning Services to review this regulation each April and make recommendations to the superintendent for procedural changes and adjustments to fee schedules for the following fiscal year.
According to Arizona Revised Statue §15-1105.D, the governing board annually approves a fee schedule for the lease of school property.
Adopted: August 16, 1960
Revised: December 17, 1963
Revised: February 16, 1971
Reviewed: February 21, 1995
Revised: May 13, 2003
Revised: October 2, 2003 (pursuant to Sept. 9, 2003 Board Meeting)
Revised: May 11, 2004 (Lead Dept. corrected 10-6-04)
Reviewed: April 12, 2005
Reviewed: June 27, 2006
Revised: September 11, 2007 (Lead Dept. Correct 7-3-2006)
Revised: June 10, 2008
Reviewed: December 9, 2008 (Corrected review date only 3-27-12)
Revised: January 11, 2013 (Friday Report)
Legal Ref: A.R.S. §15-1105
TUSD Facility Rental Rates
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