The Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board approved new facility-use fees and modified language in its policy on pregnant students during its Jan. 9 meeting.
Fees for nonprofit groups, for-profit organizations and private individuals have increased to help the school district cover costs.
Some increases are a few dollars, such as the cost for nonprofit groups to use a standard classroom, which went from $10 per day to $14 per day.
For other organizations, the classroom rental rate went from $20 per day to $28 per day.
Other fee changes are more significant, such as the cost of using the gymnasium or the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center.
Nonprofits will be charged $105 per day to use the gym, up from $50. The fee for all other organizations to use the gym went from $150 per day to $280.
To use the Performing Arts Center, with lights, speakers, rigging, sound and the light boards, nonprofit groups will now be charged $560 per day, an increase from $40 per day. For all other organizations, the price increased from $500 to $1,120 per day.
Also during the meeting, a first reading of district policy for pregnant and parenting students was updated after some discussion by board members.
The policy states that students who are pregnant can choose to stay in school and participate in school programs provided the district maintains “reasonable safeguards” for the student and the district.
Board member Scott Bartle said he was concerned about the removal of a sentence stating a student who becomes pregnant will notify school authorities.
The removal of the sentence was recommended by the Arizona School Board Association.
“I don’t question that there’s some legal issues, privacy or whatnot that probably prompted that,” Bartle said. However, he questioned how the district could obligate itself to provide reasonable safeguards for pregnant students if the student was no longer required to notify the district of her pregnancy in the first place.
Bartle motioned for the first reading to be approved with the addition of the clause “assuming that the school has been notified by student of student’s condition.”Board members Veronica Gay, Bartle and Patti Coutre approved the added language. Torri Anderson voted against it, advocating leaving the policy as the ASBA recommended. Board member Leslie Carlyle-Burnett was absent.
The board meets every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the District Office Administration Building, 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.