School District Facilities Rental Trends

Though Pro Point Loma is still awaiting a response to its public records act request, we have independently obtained some documentation on district facilities rental policies.  A 2013 SDUSD rental office audit documents the significant increase in district facilities rental, from approximately $1.2M in revenue in 2009-2010 to $1.7M in 2011-2012 and $2.4M in 2012-2013.  This increase occurred before many of the alterations were made at district athletic facilities to make them more attractive to outside renters.  A screenshot from the SDUSD Facilities Rental FAQ (taken September 16th – read the full FAQ here) indicates that although students technically have priority on the use of athletic fields, that use is actually on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, meaning that with increased rental activity student groups will compete with outside interests for the use of their own fields.  Finally, the 2013-2014 Civic Center rate schedule shows the sample revenues the district makes from these facilities, showing that football field/stadium facility rentals are the clearest target for generating revenue.

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