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Authorized and Encouraged

Community Use of Public School Facilities

Community Use of Public School Facilities

State law encourages and/or incentivizes the community use of school buildings and property for recreation or other purposes.

Colorado Revised Statutes 22-32-118. Summer schools - continuation evening and community education programs

(1) During that period of the calendar year not embraced within the regular school term, a board of education may provide and conduct courses in subject matters normally included in the regular school program or in demand by the pupils of the district, may fix and collect a charge for attendance at such courses in an amount not to exceed the per capita cost of the operation thereof, and may give regular school credit for satisfactory completion by students of such courses, in the discretion of the board. Such courses or programs not conducted during the regular school term shall not for any purpose, other than school credit, be considered part of the regular school program.

(2) (a) A board of education may establish and maintain continuation programs, part-time programs, evening programs, vocational programs, programs for aliens, and other opportunity programs and may pay for such programs out of the moneys of the school district or charge a fee or tuition. A board may also establish and maintain open-air schools, playgrounds, and museums and may pay for the same out of moneys of the school district.

  • (b) In addition to the authority granted to a board of education in paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), a board may establish and maintain community education programs in cooperation with any unit of local government, quasi-governmental agency, institution of higher education, or civic organization and may pay for such programs by a fee or tuition charged or out of moneys of the school district. Attendance in community education programs shall not be considered in computing pupil enrollment under article 54 of this title and articles 8 and 60 of title 23, C.R.S.

  • (c) For the purposes of this subsection (2), a "community education program" may be defined as a program which, while not interfering with the regular school program, may offer a composite of services to the citizens of its service area, including, but not limited to, year-round use of the facilities and personnel of the school for off-hours educational, cultural, recreational, and social enrichment activities for children, youth, and adults; family education and counseling, civic affairs meetings, and discussions; counseling for teenagers; community organization activities; senior citizen activities; cooperation with other social agencies and groups in improving community life; and other similar activities which provide educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs for children, youth, and adults. As used in this paragraph (c):

  • (I) "Senior citizen" means a person sixty years of age or older and includes the spouse of a senior citizen.

  • (II) "Senior citizen activity" includes, but is not limited to:

  • (A) Provision for the serving to senior citizens of the meals regularly served to students at regular mealtimes and at a price not to exceed the adult cost of the meal as determined by the board of education of the school district;

  • (B) Senior citizen volunteer programs in which senior citizens may assist in any or all aspects of school operation;

  • (C) Utilization of school facilities for senior citizens' social, educational, cultural, and recreational purposes.

  • (d) Repealed.

(3) Any charge, fee, or tuition collected pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be used to fund the program for which the charge, fee, or tuition was collected and shall not be expended for any other purpose.

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