TORONTO - The city high school stadium was discussed during Thursday's city school board meeting.
The board voted to impose a fee of $400 per day to any organization that uses the stadium to generate income, according to Fred Burns, district superintendent.
"We are just asking (any organization) to pay their fair share," said Burns, adding a custodian will be onsite during any event at the stadium when income is being generated. "We want to keep (the stadium) in good shape, and this will be for any organization that generates money."
The legislation allows up to eight hours at a rate of $400 for use of the stadium as well as an additional $100 if the visitor's concession stand is used. Also, a $100 fee will imposed if lighting is needed at the stadium.
"We want a custodian to be there," Burns continued, adding the custodian would lock and unlock the stadium, clean the restrooms and assist with any clean up needed. "We've never used a custodian before. We are asking $100 for the lights because they are pretty costly to run and maintain."
Burns said any income generated through the fees would go to the stadium fund once costs for the custodian are deducted.
"The (annual Fourth of July) fireworks aren't included in this because that's not an event that generates income," Burns continued.
- The board voted to non-renew several positions, mostly sports positions, said Burns. Teachers must have the opportunity to apply for those positions according to state law before they can be offered to non-teachers, said Burns.
- Burns said some of the photographs hanging on the walls of the former Toronto High School have been framed and are now posted in the new junior senior high school.
"Half the pictures (from the former school) have been framed and up at the new school," said Burns.
- Burns said the school board congratulated three top finishers from Toronto City Schools in the county spelling bee attending the meeting, including Nathan Keenan, who won the bee for the second year in a row, Jamie Mason and Jaden Grimm.
"We had three out of the top 10 spellers in the countywide spelling bee for the first time ever," said Burns.
- The district has changed the 2014-2015 school year from days to hours and "we are well over the minimum," Burns said. The next school year begins Aug. 25 and will conclude May 22 with graduation scheduled for May 22, he added.
- The next school board meeting will be 5 p.m. April 17 at Karaffa Elementary School.