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Sharing Space and Facilities

Taking advantage of limited space effectively is an important factor of an efficient community school, and maintaining an effective balance of partnerships located in and around the school is crucial to doing so. There are three main types of settings for community school partners: partners that are located within the school full-time, those that use school space for programming but are not permanently housed within the school, and those that do not operate using space within the school directly. It is important to evaluate which partners need which kind of setup in order to operate most effectively.

In Cincinnati Community Learning Centers, partners do not pay for utilities for hours after school because custodians are already in the building until 10 pm. Cincinnati Pubic Schools covers the little overhead costs if the partners and their programs/services are aligned to the district goals. During the weekend, partners only pay for the weekend rate for a custodian if principals or other school staff are not involved and/or are not able to open the school building. Read the Cincinnati School Board Policy on Community Use of Schools Facilities

Overview: How to Start Your Community School

Vision and Strategic Plan

Building a Leadership Team

Needs & Capacity Assessments
Sharing Space and Facilities
Financing your Community School
Research and Evaluation 
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