Tales of Tools and Tactics: Donate space in your school to community groups
by April Greene on June 12, 2014
Municipalities around the world share many of the same concerns. To
tackle two of them—limited meeting space options for community groups,
and lack of involvement in the school system by the larger community—consider starting a program like the Seattle public school system's “Evening Community Meetings in School Libraries.”
For the past two years, every public school library in Seattle has been available for use by
non-commercial community and neighborhood groups between the hours of
6:00 and 9:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays for a flat fee of $15. The arrangement has been a boon to both local nonprofits and school stakeholders.
Below, Kathy Johnson, Facility Operations Program Manager for Seattle Public Schools tells us about one little oversight they made along the way that wound up going public.
School libraries make great places for extracurricular meetings, too.
Q: Did you or your team make any mistakes while you were developing this program that you really learned from?
A: Well, a big oversight on our part was to forget to put the program on the website when it first launched in summer 2012. Fail!
Here all these agencies had gotten together to develop it, the city had it on their website, people started calling and asking for information... And, whoops! So we had to take care of that quick.