City and District Spar over Facilities Use Agreement

It is no open secret that the City of Temple City and the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD) have a poor working relationship with one another, or is it?

The latest spark between both elected entities involves the joint Facilities Use Agreement. Unlike previous years, the Facilities Use Agreement was not renewed for one full year. Instead, the Temple City Board of Education voted to only extend the contract for three months until September 30, 2008.

At the City Council meeting on July 15, 2008, City Manager Charles R. Martin stated the renewal contract had been returned by the District urging that the City pay for some fees associated with Temple City’s use of the District’s facilities.

“I feel it is time we, both bodies, get together, and come to a new agreement” stated Mayor Cathé Wilson, obviously upset.

Wilson spoke of the lack of agreement between the City and District in previous years and added, “It is not hurting the City. It’s not hurting the schools. It’s hurting the kids.”

Councilman Ken Gillanders concurred with Mayor Wilson. “I want to see an extrapolation of each of the costs” requested Gillanders.

For years, the City and the District have not charged one another for either of its constituents utilizing City or District facilities. With a new Board and budget restrictions possibly coming from Sacramento, the TCUSD has commenced to re-evaluate the joint Facilities Use Agreement.

“The Board asked me to do that” replied then-Acting Superintendent David Jaynes when questioned why the District was re-evaluating the joint Facilities Use Agreement.

Jaynes added, “It is very one-sided as to who uses what facilities…and we’re trying to re-assess some of those costs associated with having them use our facilities so much, given tough budget times.” Jaynes was interviewed on July 16, the day after the City Council meeting.

The City Council ultimately voted 4-0, with Mayor Pro Tempore Dave Capra absent, to approve the three-month extension of the contract.

“Wow, it’s like they’re starting a war” commented Mayor Wilson.

Despite the latest disagreement, the City and District have cooperated in the past. In 2006, the City of Temple City donated $100,000 to the TCUSD for renovation of Temple City High School’s aging bleachers.

 

This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on October 1, 2008.

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