Francis Howell School District Announces New Facility Usage Fee Structure

Posted on 05/09/2018
Francis Howell School District Announces New Facility Usage Fee Structure

The Francis Howell School District will implement a new facility usage fee structure for the 2018-19 school year. The facilities usage program will cover rental of all District facilities, including gyms, playing fields, theaters, classrooms, and commons areas.

After the defeat of the Proposition Howell tax levy in November of 2016, the FHSD Board of Education directed the District’s Finance Committee to form a task force to study non-tax based revenue sources. The task force set a stretch goal of raising $3 - $5 million on an annual basis and then identified various alternative funding opportunities to reach this goal. In order to prioritize program implementation, the task force considered many factors, including the size of the investment, expected revenue, and ease of implementation.

The task force determined that it would initially focus its efforts on the District’s current facilities rental system. Changes underway include implementation of an electronic scheduling system and a restructured fee schedule. The District completed an inventory of all facilities to determine both available capacity and potential revenue. A survey of area school districts regarding facility utilization and pricing was also conducted to ensure that FHSD is comparable and equitable in its fee structure. The potential revenue from facilities utilization could exceed $1 million annually once the program is fully functional.

The District has 28 separate facilities, including three early childhood centers, ten elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. These 28 sites include over 2.7 million square feet of building space under roof.

Those organizations that wish to use District facilities will be categorized into three different groups to determine usage fees. Group 1 will include District administered activities, such as MSHSAA sporting events and PTO meetings. Group 2 will include non-profit community organizations such as club sports and scouts, and any organization with a 501(c)3 filing status. Group 3 will include any for-profit organization or event, such as group rentals for events like birthday parties and wedding receptions.

Fee Schedule for the Facilities Usage Program
Additional Fees with the Facilities Usage Program

The Francis Howell School District strives to be a good community partner while also remaining a good steward of taxpayer dollars. The facility usage fees will offset the cost of utilities, maintenance, and custodial services necessary to provide these facilities to a variety of community groups. More information about facilities usage, including all necessary forms, can be found on the District website.

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