State law encourages and/or incentivizes the community use of school buildings and property for recreation or other purposes.
Guide for Planning School Construction Projects in Minnesota
Guide addresses community use of school facilities.
Minnesota Statutes 123B.51 Schoolhouses and sites; uses for school and nonschool purposes; closings
Subd. 2. Use of schoolhouses. The board may authorize the use of any schoolhouses in the district for divine worship, Sunday schools, public meetings, elections, postsecondary instruction, and other community purposes that, in its judgment, will not interfere with their use for school purposes. Before permitting any of these uses, the board may require a cash or corporate surety bond in a reasonable amount conditioned for the proper use of the schoolhouse, payment of all rent, and repair of all damage caused by the use. It may determine a reasonable charge for using the schoolhouse.
It may authorize the use of any schoolhouses or buildings owned or leased by the district for primaries, elections, registrations, and related activities if the board determines that the use will not interfere with school purposes. It may impose reasonable regulations and conditions upon the use as may seem necessary and proper.
Minnesota Statutes 124D.18 Purpose of community education programs
The purpose of sections 124D.18 and 124D.19 is to make maximum use of the public schools of Minnesota by the community and to expand utilization by the school of the human resources of the community, by establishing a community education program.