NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Waiving the fee for use of the Northbridge Middle School gymnasium sought by the newly-formed Northbridge Youth Basketball League is not supported by the School Committee’s budget subcommittee.
At a meeting of the subcommittee on Monday, Business Manager Melissa Walker said the school district waives the $50 rental fee for town groups. However, they are charged a $60 utility fee and a $60 to $80 custodial fee per use.
School Committee Chairperson Michael McGrath said it’s important to be consistent. If the committee makes an exception for one group, others will expect it.
“I think we’d all like to help them, but we can’t make exceptions,’’ agreed Committee Member Michael Lebrasseur.
Schools Superintendent Nancy Spitulnik said utility and custodial costs that are charged only covers cost to the school district. “If we can’t cover the cost, it would have to come from our budget,’’ she said.
In an unrelated matter, the subcommittee agreed to recommend raising the substitute nurse salary from $75 to $100 per day and that the school district replace a steamer and tilt skillet at the Balmer School.