City, District Officials Meet to Discuss Renewal of Facilities Use Agreement

Relations between the two governing bodies improve.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published September 24, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

The local City Council and School Board met Thursday evening to begin discussing the renewal of the facilities use agreement, as well as potential joint projects.

A critical item on the agenda for the February 11, 2010 special meeting was the facilities use agreement, which expires on June 30.

The city wanted to begin negotiations early on, according to Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs.

Last year, the city gave the Temple City Unified School District an unprecedented $20,000 in exchange for the contract’s renewal.

The lump sum was the first payment of its kind in Temple City history. It came about after district officials complained in 2008 that there was an inequity in terms of the city’s use of district facilities.

Moreover, Temple City Councilman Tom Chavez, a member of the city-district ad hoc committee, admitted that the district’s claim was founded.

“Over the years, it seems that our uses outnumbered their uses,” Chavez said at a council meeting last summer year.

This year, however, district officials want the city to financially support a project at Oak Avenue Intermediate School.

The school district is considering replacing the gym floors at Oak. The projected cost for this renovation is about $80,000, Superintendent Chelsea Kang-Smith said.

District officials expressed hope that the city would contribute $40,000 on top of the $20,000 they expect for the “variable costs”.

While there was virtually no opposition from city officials, both the city and school district decided to have the ad hoc committee further discuss the facilities use agreement, as well as the Oak Avenue project and the city’s use of the district parking lot.

Councilman Chavez and Mayor Fernando Vizcarra currently serve as the city’s representatives to the city-district ad hoc committee.

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