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Fees may go up to rent BHS football field

Rental fees may go up for people who want to use the Don Adamson lower property site at the Brainerd High School. The school district's Curriculum Committee met Tuesday and agreed to increase the fee for the site. The committee will make the reco...

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The Brainerd High School boys soccer team was the first team to play on Don Adamson Field with its new artificial turf. They game was on Aug. 22. Kelly Humphrey

Rental fees may go up for people who want to use the Don Adamson lower property site at the Brainerd High School.

The school district's Curriculum Committee met Tuesday and agreed to increase the fee for the site. The committee will make the recommendation Monday to the Brainerd School Board. The committee agreed to the increase after reviewing the district's use of school district facilities and equipment policy.

Steve Lund, director of business services, said the district has not changed the fee schedule in the policy since 2007. Lund said the district has been getting many requests to use the football field since the district installed the artificial surface on the stadium field. It was a $3.1 million project and the first game to be played on the new field was on Aug. 22.

Lund said he would like to see the district charge private and nonprofit groups an hourly fee to use the football field. The district's current fee schedule charges people in a four-hour increment. Lund said the district charges nonprofits a lower fee to use its facilities, compared to private groups and this will continue.

Currently, nonprofit youth groups pay $50 for up to four hours and $72 for more than four hours to use the football field. If the increase is approved, the fees will go up to $100 per hour for youth groups for daytime hours and $140 for night time hours where the lights will be on.

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Nonprofit adult groups have paid $100 for up to four hours and $138 for more than 4 hours. If the increase is approved, the fees will go up to $125 per hour for daytime hours and $165 at night.

Private, for profit youth groups currently pay $193 for up to four hours and $275 for more than 4 hours to use the football field. If the increase is approved, the fees will go up to $200 per hour for daytime hours and $240 for night time hours where the lights will be on.

The private, for profit adult groups, currently pay $385 for up to four hours and $550 for more than four hours to use the football field. If the increase is approved, the fees will go up to $225 per hour for daytime hours and $265 for night time hours.

When Lund came up with his recommendation to the committee, he said he looked at other schools to see what they were charging people to use school facilities. He also looked at what hockey teams are paying for ice time at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd.

Lund said if the school board approved the fee increase Monday, he would like to revisit the fees in 60-120 days to see how it is working.

In other school business, the curriculum committee adjourned and the personnel committee convened and went into a closed session for the purpose of labor group contract negotiations strategy and legal services negotiations.

When the committee came back into an open meeting, members voted to make a recommendation to the school board to hire Pemberton Law Firm from Fergus Falls for $150 an hour to provide the district with legal services for negotiations. The school district currently uses the Pemberton Law Firm for other legal services, since former attorney Tom Fitzpatrick retired.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

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