Lower Fees For Community Use Of Schools In Peel
New Agreement Eliminates Equipment Fees, Reduces Rental Costs
BOLTON -- Community not-for-profit groups in Peel Region can expect to get a price break when using local public school facilities, thanks to a special agreement signed by the Peel District School Board and the Ontario government, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Local community not-for-profit groups will now have better -- and much more affordable -- access to school facilities. Prices are coming down, so the community use of schools will go up. And that makes our schools and our communities stronger, our people stronger and our province stronger," said Premier McGuinty.
In July 2004, the Ontario government announced a $20-million grant to help boards open their schools to communities. As part of that initiative, the Peel District School Board has signed a Community Recreation and Use Agreement and will receive over $1.2 million to help make school facilities more accessible and affordable to not-for-profit groups.
Highlights of the agreement include:
- Rental fees for school facilities are reduced by 40 per cent for community not-for-profit groups
- The fee for weekday use of secondary school gyms drops from $15 to $9 for a two-hour use, the weekend fee from $35 to $21
- The cost of weekend use of classrooms drops from $12.50 to $7.50 for two hours
- Weekday custodian overtime charges are eliminated for community not-for-profit groups, weekend charges drop dramatically for groups serving children and youth
- Saturday custodial charges at elementary schools are reduced from $111.75 to $33.53 for two hours
- Sunday custodial charges for secondary schools are reduced from $168 to $50.40 for two hours
- The one-time administrative fee for all community not-for-profit groups drops to $27 from $45
- Gym, library and classroom equipment fees are eliminated for community not-for-profit groups
- Rental fees charged to before- and after-school not-for-profit daycare operations are reduced from $1,650 for the school year to $990.
In addition, the Peel District School Board will continue its policy of providing rent-free weekday use of its elementary school gyms and classrooms to community not-for-profit groups.
"Encouraging positive school-community relationships is one of our key board goals, and we are pleased to be partnering with the provincial government to help make our school gyms and classrooms even more affordable and accessible to community groups," says Janet McDougald, Chair of the Peel District School Board.
"This is great news for students, not-for-profit groups and the community at large, which has already paid for these schools," said Jim Bradley, Minister of Tourism and Recreation, whose ministry oversees the Community Use of Schools program. The program is funded by the Ministry of Education.
"We want schools in Peel Region to be special places to learn each and every day -- because learning and growing doesn't stop when the school bell rings, or when you reach a certain age," said Premier McGuinty.