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Cub scout pack faced sticker shock at public school

The Cub Scout pack that met in the cafeteria at Ahuimanu Elementary School paid the school $4.55 per meeting to use the building. This month the service charge jumped to $40 dollars.

"Our packs and troops use the school cafeterias," said Billy Rayl, field service director with the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts. "Basically, the fees covers the utility costs to pay for the electricity. Sometimes the custodian needs to come in ahead of time, after hours."

But why the big increase at Ahuimanu?

The Department of Education said the answer lies in chapter 39 of the administrative rules for the use of school buildings.

Assistant Superintendent Ray L'Heureux said there is an inconsistency with the schools. He said all campuses weren't enforcing the rule.

"In the past there were some schools that were probably not in compliance of that administrative rule," he said.

The DOE said for Ahuimanu, the rate should have always been higher than what the scouts were paying. Other scout troops are also finding out they have to pay more.

Rayl said about one fourth of the state's Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups meet in public schools.

"The schools and the principals have been strong supporters of the scouting program and we appreciate all that they do," he said.

L'Heureux said rates are calculated to cover costs, not to make a profit.

"You're just passing on that expense," he said.

Scouts are sponsored by chartering organizations. The pack that met at Ahuimanu has relocated.

"A lot of times we look to the chartering organization to find a facility for them to meet that will be safe for our youth," Rayl said.

The DOE is updating its regulations for using school buildings. In the meantime It's told all 256 public schools that they must follow the rules as they are written.

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