School Facility Policy Exempts Booster Clubs from Insurance

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Parent-run volunteer groups will likely not have to have public liability insurance when using school facilities.

Bay County School Board Members voted Tuesday to advertise an update to their school property use policy after debating the insurance requirement for nearly two months.

"Even though I disagree with one part of the policy, I definitely think it's time to move forward," Member Ryan Neves said after voting no on the update.

The proposal states outside organizations must provide public liability insurance coverage in the amount of at least $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence.

It includes an exemption for booster clubs and parent-teacher organizations.

Some members said they don't want to hinder parents who are trying to raise money for students, while Neves and Chairwoman Ginger Littleton feel a lack of insurance leaves the district open to liability.

"It's disappointing that the rest of the group doesn't see eye-to-eye on the importance of maintaining insurance with all of the groups that will be using the facilities," Neves said.

"Both sides are right. I agree with what Mr. Neves says. We want everyone to be covered and insured, but we don't feel like the boosters should directly have to pay for it," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt who has pushed for the exemption.

Husfelt said he plans to figure out how to best protect those organizations and the district without making them pay.

Members do agree on the other proposed changes, which include a new fee schedule that outlines costs for each facility.

The changes will be advertised for 30 days then board members could vote to adopt the policy.

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