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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Districts approve an agreement with the City of Santa Monica to allow access to Santa Monica High School’s swimming pool, play fields, courts, gymnasium and other facilities.

The exchange entails an estimated $5.5 million for the 2011-2012 academic year from the November 2010 voter approved half cent sales and transactions use tax that began on April 1, 2011 and includes access to facilities which are either unused or underutilized during non-school hours.  The agreement will be in effect for ten years and there is an option for it to be extended for another ten years.  Additionally, the board approved a memorandum of understanding for a civic-center joint use agreement that will allow residents to use the school facilities during off hours in exchange for the building of a new gym and renovation to the high schools amphitheater.

Student Advocates in San Diego, CA Secure Access to Open Space through New Joint Use Agreement

The City Council unanimously approved a joint-use agreement between itself and the San Diego Unified School District that will allow a K-8 school that had no access to grass on campus to finally have access to an open green space.  Construction will include a 1.5-acre field and track and will replace a dirt-and-gravel lot and will be available for public use outside school hours.  When completed, the city and school district will share annual operation and maintenance costs. “This is a park-starved area of San Diego, and we desperately need this joint-use field,” San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald said. “We’ve got to get some parks in for the community.”

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