The Board of Education is expected Tuesday evening to approve a new four-year Joint Powers Agreement that provides $9.7 million annually in city support for district schools. The agreement is also scheduled to be discussed and voted upon during the regular City Council meeting that night.
The JPA is a four-year agreement in which the city pays the district for access to school facilities. The pays BHUSD $10.3 million a year and expires July 1, 2012.
Council liaisons Mayor Barry Brucker, Vice Mayor Willie Brien, school board President Brian Goldberg and school board Vice President Jake Manaster spent the last six months negotiating the new agreement. In the final negotiations, Councilwoman Lili Bosse took Brucker’s place.
City Treasurer Elliot Finkel had recommended , so the $9.7 million figure is a relief for the school district. The JPA traditionally provides about 20 percent of the annual BHUSD budget.
"I am very pleased with the negotiations and feel this new JPA is a real win for our community," Goldberg told Patch. "I am hopeful that the full board and full council will agree and approve this newest JPA on Tuesday night."
Under the agreement, the district will get paid four times a year—Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1. The new JPA agreement also provides an additional $125,000 a year to pay for crossing guards at the four elementary schools.
The 19-page agreement, which is posted on the board meeting agenda, provides for public access to school grounds facilities during specific times. For example, the agreement dictates that, “The District shall make available year-round on Saturdays and Sundays its outdoor athletic fields and play yards at the five school sites for use by the community… the District shall ensure that access to the outdoor facilities is provided between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.”
The five school sites are El Rodeo School, Hawthorne School, Horace Mann School, Beverly Vista School and Beverly Hills High School.
The district must also provide public access to school facilities on weekdays during summer, spring or winter recess from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., provided the city gives BHUSD at least 30 days notice.
The five school libraries are to be made available to resident children for a minimum of three hours a week after the school day ends, according to the JPA.