Students at Ben Rush Elementary School collect stamps in their school “passport” as they learn about world geography throughout the year.
Relations with Parks Authorities
The school district authorizes the superintendent to negotiate and sign agreements which permit county and local park departments to use school district facilities without charge when such facilities are not needed for the existing or proposed school program, with suitable legal safeguards against any liability for injury or death on the part of the school district for such use. Minimal fees may be charged where use of the facilities under the agreement can be expected to result in higher maintenance and operational costs to the district. The superintendent also is authorized to negotiate and contract for use of park department facilities by the school district when such contract shall be in the interests of the district and its pupils.
The district favors cooperative purchase of sites, where a needed school site might be purchased which is minimal in size but abuts park property so that the playground areas or facilities for physical education might be on the park site, or where a single piece of property might be purchased, one portion by the schools, one by the park department, with playground facilities supplied and maintained by the park department, other facilities supplied and maintained by the schools.