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Council Approves JPA with School District

The city will provide $39 million over four years to the BHUSD for use of the district's property.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $39 million, four-year Joint Powers Agreement with the Beverly Hills Unified School District for the city to have access to school facilities.

The deal appropriates about $9.75 million a year in city funds to the school district, and designates school facilities to accommodate municipal programs and residential use. The city will pay an additional $125,000 to the district annually for crossing guard expenses.

The funding amounts to a 4.6 percent reduction from the current JPA, according to a statement released by the city.

"The agreement includes athletic fields, courts and equipment; theaters and auditoriums; the district’s five libraries; and the [Beverly Hills High School] swimming pool for summer aquatics programs ... janitorial services for city programs, exchange of cable TV programming between the city and the high school, and use of school facilities for emergency exercises," the statement said.

The 2012-16 JPA takes effect July 1 after the current four-year pact expires June 30.

"In the end, the beneficiaries of this JPA are the children of the school district," said Vice Mayor William Brien, who along with Councilwoman Lili Bosse led negotiations with Beverly Hills Board of Education members. "It's also a great thing for the citizens of Beverly Hills who get great use of the [school district's] wonderful facilities."

The school board also the JPA on Tuesday.

"I definitively believe that this is a win-win and always has been," school board Vice President Jacob Manaster told council members.

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