Another great topic at SchoolDude University in San Diego was how do schools determine the costs for the use of their schools?
Many states allow or require "real" costs to be recovered. These costs often include utility costs and personnel costs, but administrative costs, wear and tear, and consumable supplies are very real expenses and should be considered as well.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that, for most districts, even with cost recovery we still LOSE MONEY on community use of our schools. Showing the difference between your estimated costs and your costs recovery revenue helps justify continued enforcement of current policy, and even increases in your rates.
SchoolDude has provided a very simple calculator to help show your costs per student per year, and you can compare this with your current KPIs. The national average is about $12/student/year. What are you recovering?
Click here for the SD Cost Recovery Calculator
For a more detailed calculator, consider checking out The Center for Cities and Schools. Based out of the University of California-Berkeley they have put together a more complex calculator. You can step through the link below, or download an Excel version.
Click here for the School Facilities Cost Calculator
Please feel free to share how you have determined costs for your district, university or school!