CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area Board of School Directors was asked to overturn a previous decision regarding the Clearfield Area Concert Association’s request to waive the fee for use of the middle school auditorium.
The board is currently revising the “Use of School Facilities” policy. Also mentioned was the increasing number of requests to waive the associated fee.
Jason Barnett, business administrator, reminded everyone that these fees are minimal and only cover the cost of the facility’s use. The school is not making a profit by charging this fee.
When considering a request the board asks two questions:
Is the organization using the facility charging a fee?
Are they a profit-making organization?
Tim Meckey, middle school principal, noted that the concert association is a gray area because they charge a fee. At the same time, they are a non-profit organization.
Bob Rishel, representing the Clearfield Area Concert Association, spoke in favor of the waiver. This is a relationship that has been in existence since before 1975.
Guest conductors rave about the acoustics in the facility.
Noting that past policies have allowed for exemptions for non-profit agencies, Rishel said of the relationship, “We’d like to see the relationship continue.”
The concert association pays to have the school piano tuned three times a year, provides all interested music students with free tickets, pays for its own security and custodial needs, and featured guest artists often provide free clinics to music students.
Not wanting to set a precedence for waiving fees in the future, the school board approved the waiver in a 5-1 vote for the current concert season with the provision added to examine and define the future relationship while developing the policy.
Clearfield Area Concert Association plans three concerts this season and has memberships starting at $15.
More details are available by e-mailing your request to the concert association.