It is complicated. The school board works with the County Commissioners (if that is what you call it in your area) to get local, state, and federal funding/grants/bonds to buy property and build the school plant. The public owns the plant; however, it is treated differently than other public structures because of the fact children are there. The public doesn't always have direct access to the school plant. The public can use the facilities for non-school activities like basketball, scouts, church services/meetings, and the like. It is understood that there is equal access to the building by any group that is conducting legal activities. The groups just pay fees set by the school board.
at 11:56 AM on Aug. 8, 2011