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School rental rates could increase

The cost to rent Richmond school facilities for private functions or group activities could be going up slightly.

Current rates have been in effect since 2006, but a recent review indicated that the cost structure affecting rental rates has experienced a four-per-cent increase, according to a report to the board of education by Mark De Mello, secretary treasurer for the Richmond School District.

A previous review of daycare rental rates was completed in the spring of 2012, and called for a four-per-cent increase in the first and last years of a three-year period.

The increase discussed at the Board of Education meeting earlier this month dealt with non-daycare rental rates, for both not-for-profit and for-profit groups.

"We intend to inform existing non-daycare renters of the proposed changes in rates, which could be effective July 1, 2014 to allow our regular rental customers some lead time," De Mello wrote.

The board of education is expected to consider the increase at a subsequent board meeting.

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