Schools could rent out fields to earn revenues 

In this hard economic time, everyone is looking for creative ways to deal with budget cuts.

San Francisco school officials figure that one way to help plug the districts looming $113 million budget deficit is possibly to rent out playing fields and parking lots during nonschool hours.

School board members met with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a joint hearing on Thursday to discuss expanding a pilot program that has allowed The City to utilize school athletic fields on weekends.

Rec and Park officials said the program has helped The City accommodate the growing demand for fields.

As officials look to evolve the program, school board members said they would like to find ways to generate a little extra cash for the district.

“We have more real estate than revenues,” said Jane Kim, president of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. The district could find ways to rent out school facilities, like parking, to “generate revenue so we aren’t just breaking even.”

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