LUSD board considers fees, full-time security officer for Mountain House High
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Aug 22, 2014 | 3391 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The Lammersville Unified School District board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a new set of fees to rent district facilities.

Trustee Matthew Balzarini, who chaired the Facilities Use Rental Committee, thanked those involved in creating the policy.

“We’ve been working on this for quite some time,” he said. “I’m real happy with the results.”

The district will charge

different fees to use school fields and facilities based upon which type of group the renter represents:

• Tier 1, school-sponsored activities (PTA and boosters meetings, school graduations, club fundraisers): No rental fee

• Tier 2A, youth groups and governmental agencies (Little League, youth football, swimming clubs): $15 wear-and-tear fee per rental

• Tier 2B, other nonprofits (adult sports, fundraisers not beneficial to youth) and churches: $15 wear-and-tear fee and $35 administration fee per rental

• Tier 3, for-profit organizations not associated with LUSD: Same as Tier 2B, with an additional $50 fair-rental fee per rental

Trustee Sharon Lampel said the policy was shaped by ideas and comments from the community.

“It showed the community we respond and we have listened,” she said, “and that we’re willing to work together.”

The new policy goes into effect Sept. 1 for all school district facilities except the high school stadium and track. Fees to rent those will be addressed at a later date, Balzarini said, because the district has not yet taken ownership of them from the builder.

High school could get on-campus sheriff’s deputy

In other business Wednesday, the trustees discussed taking on a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputy to act as a school resource officer at Mountain House High School, which had opened to its first students that morning.

Superintendent Kirk Nicholas told the board that district officials had been approached by Sheriff Steve Moore and Assistant Sheriff Ruben Orozco. He said their proposal was to add an LUSD school resource officer at a cost of half the deputy’s $169,751 salary.

Orozco said Wednesday that the sheriff’s office would pay half, leaving the district with an annual bill of $84,875. He said it was a perfect opportunity to have someone at the new high school who could get to know the students and “prevent things from happening.”

“The presence (of an officer), I think, is important,” he said, noting that the sheriff created a similar program for Franklin High School in Stockton Unified School District.

Lampel said she was sold on the proposal based on her educational experience. She said the officer would not only handle problems but also build relationships with students.

Echoing her support was Balzarini, a former San Francisco Police Department school resource officer.

“It’s about being part of the (school) culture,” he said. “It’s very rewarding. I support this program.”

Balzarini said he had approached Moore about the idea when he was first elected to the LUSD board in 2010.

Trustee Shane Nielson said that he had initially opposed having an officer on campus, believing it would send the message that something was wrong at the school. Now, he said, he feels that it gives the district an option.

The superintendent told the board members that they would be involved in hiring the school resource officer.

In response to a question about scheduling and duties, Orozco explained that the officer would typically work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and remain on the Mountain House campus throughout the school year.

The district safety committee is expected to review the proposal before the board votes on it.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.

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August 23, 2014
Great idea dont let it get like west

stay on it

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