Arkansas - Community Use of Public School Facilities: Partnerships

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

2017 Arkansas Code 6-21-101 Authority to permit use of public school buildings for community purposes

(a) The General Assembly finds that the use of a public school facility under this section:

  • (1) Promotes the education, health, and well-being of the communities where schools are located; and
  • (2) Is an intended purpose for the use of school property under Arkansas Constitution, Article 14, § 2.

(b) (1) The board of directors of a school district may permit members of the community to use land or public school facilities owned or operated by the school district for a community purpose, including without limitation:

  • (A) A social event;
  • (B) A civic event;
  • (C) Recreation;
  • (D) Health and wellness activities; and
  • (E) A lawful meeting of the citizens of the community.

    • (2) Community activities permitted at school facilities or on school land shall not interfere with an instructional day at the school where the community activities are held.

(c) To offset the cost of community use of school land or a public school facility, a school district may:

  • (1) Charge a fee;
  • (2) Accept gifts, grants, and donations from private sources, from municipal and county governments, from the state, and from the United States government; or
  • (3) Enter into a joint use agreement with a public agency, public entity, private entity, or nonprofit organization for shared use and responsibility of the school land or public school facility.
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