Theme 9: Facilities Rental and Use

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Contributors seemed proud to share stories about their school facilities being put to shared use and partnerships. Here are some of the unique uses that were mentioned:

  • Flu immunization clinics and public health nurse sessions
  • Adult literacy opportunities
  • Cultural gatherings
  • Spiritual purposes and churches
  • Non-profits using the high school as a community kitchen
  • Sports facilities, like the gym and track and field
  • Community celebrations at Easter, Christmas and Halloween
  • Adult wood working in the high school shop
  • Poetry cafes
  • A place for elders to share
  • Theatre groups
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
  • Cadets and colour guard
  • Driving classes
  • 4H Club
  • Regional science fairs
  • Yoga, Zumba, fencing, martial arts
  • First-aid instruction
  • Strong Start, preschool and afterschool programs
  • City council and community meetings
  • Ceremonies for births, marriages and deaths
  • A safe location during emergencies such as wildfires
  • Polling stations for elections
  • Craft fairs
  • Community gardens

Others felt that more could be done with schools and facilities. Some felt that collaboration between school districts and municipalities is a key solution to the funding of rural schools, and that integrating services on a smaller level between municipalities and school districts would dramatically reduce their costs and allow more money to be used for educational purposes.

Question: What ideas do you have to integrate rural school facilities with the wider community?

3 responses to “Theme 9: Facilities Rental and Use

  1. Jennie

    All of the listed ways to share a school setting are amazing. The problem sometimes is organizational, custodial and security. When a school provides more than just its educational portion, there needs to be more time spent on cleaning up, making sure things are not broken (then replacing them), ensuring that people feel safe when other community members are there etc. Schools should have a wider purpose, but also the funds to make sure that it does not impact the education that takes place in classrooms. Community school designations help, but need to be funded more and have more flexibility on how the funding is used.

  2. Wayne

    When there is space within a school, school board offices should be moved to the school. Building and maintaining separate school board office buildings is a waste of resources. Oliver BC is a good example. There are 338 empty seats in the 3 schools in this town of less than 5000 people. The school Baird has its own office and property a few blocks away from the newly build high school that is half empty. A classroom is easily converted into office cubicles for school board employees and an adjacent classroom makes a perfect board room for meetings. Sell the school board office and property and put the money into student services. The added bonus is that school board staff would be more in touch with their main purpose…education of students,

  3. Alexander

    Just adding to the list: In our district, and in collaboration with a branch university campus of UNBC, we have regularly organised literacy fairs and math fairs. They were met with great community approval and interest. Teachers from local schools, university faculty, student teachers, families and school children all worked together to make those events memorable.

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