Bipartisan legislation recently signed into law by Governor McCrory will give the Boy Scouts and other patriotic groups greater access to public school facilities for meeting and conducting their activities.
Senate Bill 400, passed nearly unanimously by the General Assembly, adds several provisions to the Community Schools Act. For one, it directs local school boards to give priority in the use of school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America and their affiliated groups and councils. The new law’s purpose is to encourage public schools to facilitate access for students to participate in activities provided by these civic groups during after-school hours.
Other North Carolina civic organizations listed as priority groups include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, the Girls and Boys Club of America, the Civil Air Patrol, the Future Farmers of America, and other youth groups listed in U.S. Code 36.
Senate Bill 400 also encourages charter schools and regional schools to facilitate access for students to participate in activities provided by these groups.
Senate Bill 400 was sponsored by Senator Tamara Barringer. Senator Barringer has championed many family-oriented bills through the legislature this session, particularly those relating to foster children.
The Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 105th anniversary this past February. Read more about it here.