October 18th, 2011

MHS Store? Advertising? Rental Of Gyms? School Board Ponders Revenue Generation Ideas

By Shelley Emling
Montclair Patch

It was like a replay of last year.

Once again, the Montclair School Board heard a laundry list of ways the district might be able to earn as much as $1.5 million in extra revenue a year.

In a report presented by a Revenue Generating Committee made up of community volunteers, ideas were presented at Monday night’s board meeting that included: Allowing alcohol on school property. Permitting advertising at Woodman Field. Renting out gymnasiums and other venues.

The board will put out a request for proposal in an effort to hire a consultant who will be charged with putting together a formal business plan within 30 to 60 days so that the district can move ahead with at least some of the revenue-generating ideas in 2012.

That consultant is likely to cost between $15,000 and $20,000.

Carey Chevat, chair of the committee, said the district has 76,000 square feet of gymnasium space that’s not used more than 60 percent of the time.

He cited the gyms at Hillside and Mount Hebron, in addition to the theaters at Montclair High School, Mount Hebron, and Charles H. Bullock, as among the sites that could be rented out.

“We have great assets we believe could provide rental income while providing arts, sports, and cultural events for the community,” he said.

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