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Gateway School Board looks at lowering rental fees for facilities

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

After three performing-arts groups took their events elsewhere, the Gateway School Board might lower the hourly rental fee for the high school auditorium and other district facilities.

The school board could vote on a new rental policy by April, assuming the board votes Wednesday to place the revised policy on public display for 30 days.

“We needed to take another look,” school director Janice Rawson said on Monday. Rawson also is a member of the policy committee.

“We don't want to overdo (the fees),” she said.

The River City Brass Band relocated a performance last year after learning it would be charged about $4,000 per performance, which included an $800 hourly rate and services provided by the district, such as parking attendants.

The new hourly rate, in addition to district amenities, would cost the same group $1,700 to $2,000 per performance, said school director Steve O'Donnell, who pushed for the increase last year.

O'Donnell said the new policy more accurately breaks down the cost of each service provided by the district.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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