The community use process is complex. Coordinating everything that has to happen for a permit can be labor intensive. Think about all of the moving parts for a single event: cross checking multiple calendars for available space, notifying custodians and other service providers when and where they are needed, tracking down approvals from administrators, athletic directors, and various other stakeholders depending on the space.
And the trend of community use is on the rise. In the last decade, community use of school facilities increased by 45%. This trend reflects growing sentiment that school facilities should be used more frequently because taxpayers and other stakeholders have invested billions in these assets.
The growing number of community groups looking to use school facilities to host their meetings, practices, and events is increasing the financial burden on operating staffs and budgets that are already stretched thin.
Check out this quarter's Dude Data Matters to learn more about on the challenges operations professional face with community use, what the opportunities are, and suggestions on how to optimize the process for your organization.