LAURINBURG —The Scotland County school board voted to keep its rental fees the same with a minor adjustment to the cost of renting an outside space.
The board made the decision on Monday after getting complaints earlier this year that the rental fee were too high for some non-profit groups.
Larry Johnson, assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, said the exception would be for a group that may want to use an outside space without lights. The fee would $50.
“Basically what the committee decided is to leave the policy as it is, with the exception of some group like a track team,” Johnson said. “Just to have them use the site itself. If they want to host an event, then they would be charged the regular rate.”
Each Scotland County school has a per hour flat rate and the costs vary from $55 to $125. For the schools, the cost includes a custodian and utilities. Security, light and sound technician are included at Scotland High.
Covington Street, North Laurinburg, Shaw and Wagram Elementary schools charge $55 per hour with a minimum rental of two hours. The rental fee for Carver, Laurel Hill, I. Ellis Johnson, Spring Hill and Sycamore Lane Middle Schools is $75 per hour with a two-hour minimum.
Scotland High School rental is $125 per hour. If the auditorium is used, the cost rises to $175, also with a two-hour minimum.
Johnson said Scotland schools are in line with many of the surrounding school districts.
Board member Jamie Sutherland said he wanted to be sure that the public is aware of the fee rates.
Johnson said information about the school rentals will be publicized and placed on the school system’s website.
Also on Monday, School Board Attorney Nick Sojka said he had received one bid for $50,280 for Washington Park Elementary School. Rainbow 66 Storehouse Inc., made the lone bid after process was reopened.
The non-profit put down a deposit of $2,514 for the property. The board followed Sojka’s recommendation that it accept the bid subject to a possible upset.
The next step is to advertise, allowing any one who is interested in the property to make an upset bid, according to Sojka.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 910-506-3171.