The city is confident a satisfactory deal can be worked out before school starts.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Eagle Heights Academy will use an old field house for gym classes and athletic events again, but it will cost more.
Rising utility costs mean the charter school will pay higher fees this year, the city park board said Thursday.
In 2000-01, Eagle Heights paid $6,578 to use the old South High School field house and adjacent football field for daily gym classes and events such as basketball games. The school also paid the city $25 per hour when teams used the building or field for practices.
Rising costs: Gas and electric costs have gone up and the park department must cover its expenses, board members said.
The city and school are negotiating a new rate for daily use of the facilities, factoring in higher utilities. The school is offering to keep paying the city $25 per hour for practices, too.
The school also is offering to pay $25 per game, rather than lumping that use in with the cost of daily use.
Nonetheless, the city's field house fee schedule calls for a $25 per hour charge for schools when games are played there. Charges for games must be more in line with the city's expenses, said board member Denise Warren.
Alex Murphy, Eagle Heights superintendent, said school needs an agreement before classes start at month's end.
Joseph McRae, city parks director, said he is confident a satisfactory deal can be worked out by then.