Relationships Between Government Agencies and Schools: Use of Facilities
The school district favors cooperative efforts with all governmental agencies which may be expected to result in greater use of public facilities by the citizens of the communities and school district.
It shall be the policy of the board to establish and maintain close cooperation and understanding with the state government, to provide a forum for the discussion and development of advancements in the field of education, and to generate continued communication between state and local educational systems which shall allow for the realization of desirable goals in the advancement of educational opportunities, methods, and facilities.
Relations with Environmental Authorities
The State Environmental Policy Act ("SEPA") is used by the district to identify possible environmental impacts that could result from proposed actions. The district has adopted applicable procedures under SEPA by reference. These procedures are an integral part of this policy and are administered by the superintendent or designee.
Relations with Fire Authorities
The Lake Washington Schools recognize the importance of the several fire protection agencies in providing fire protection and fire prevention education. The staff of the schools is expected to lend its support to the agencies, and to cooperate with their educational efforts, within the framework of the curriculum and the policies of the Board of Directors.
- The authority of the person in charge of a fire protection unit while in discharge of his/her duties shall not be questioned by school personnel when an emergency situation exists, and all personnel shall cooperate fully with him.
- The Superintendent or designee shall be the liaison officer for all educational activities in cooperation with fire protection agencies.
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for coordinating the work of fire protection agencies and the school district in all non-instructional areas.
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.