Facilities Policy to be Revised By Board of Ed
Groups whose participants are more than 50 percent Wayne residents would not be charged a rental fee to use district-owned facilities.
Education officials have introduced revisions to a controversial policy that requires organizations to pay to use school facilities.
The Board of Education introduced revisions to the policy at a meeting Thursday. Groups whose participants are more than 50 percent Wayne residents would not be charged a rental fee to use facilities, according to the revisions.
“Once a policy is in place, we monitor the effectiveness and see if there’s any gaps, any loopholes or any problems and adjust accordingly,” said Superintendent Ray Gonzalez. “We’re looking to see that the use of a particular facility is to the benefits of Wayne residents.”
Changes to the policy caused an uproar last year when the Board adopted a revised fee schedule for organization who want to use district-owned facilities. Representatives from Wayne non-profit and recreational organizations, including the Wayne Police Athletic League, Boys & Girls Club, and Wayne YMCA protested the changes at a packed Board meeting.
Joe Lynch, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, called the policy "outrageous."
District officials eventually negotiated a fee schedule with those organizations. Officials often revise district policies on a regular basis.
“If we’re not doing that, then we’re not doing our job,” Gonzalez said.
The Board is expected to approve the revised policy at it next meeting Jan. 24.