There was a lot of discussion by school district officials at last night’s meeting regarding the Civic Center Act and the legal requirement it makes for schools to open their facilities to community groups. Here is the summary of the Civic Center Act from the California Department of Education:
Civic Center Act—EC Section 38130 et seq.
Every public school facility is considered a civic center where citizens, school-community councils, and clubs as well as senior, recreation, education, political, artistic, and other organizations may meet. The school district may grant the use of school facilities and grounds upon certain terms and conditions deemed proper by the governing board and subject to specified limitations, requirements, and restrictions set forth within the law.
Read the full text of the Civic Center Act here.