Russell, That is an interesting idea, but on a practical basis, I am not sure how it would work. Please allow me to simply ask some questions. I want to be sure I state that I am asking these as a basis for discussion and I am not doing so to advocate any point.
What would be the town's enforcement? If a school, let's say hypothetically, Parkwood Elementary (because it is within the town's limits) chose to ignore the ordinance, what would the town do? Would the council want the principal or clerical office staff who oversees the implementation at the building level cited or fined? Let's take it another step, and say that those people were acting under the direction of the superintendent or school board. With that direction, the superintendent and/or board have violated the ordinance. Would the town want the superintendent and/or school board members cited or fined?
On another path, what would such an action do to relations between two governmental units? Let's hypothetically say the town council took such an action, and as a result of the town council being perceived by the school corporation as unnecessarily involving itself in school corporation business, the school corporation denies the town any use of corporation facilities. What would the town council do then, and who ultimately wins and loses? This could go on and on, but you could say that the council could pass an ordinance that prohibits any school within its boundaries from denying the town use of its facilities... And the beat goes on!
I know all of this seems pretty far-fetched, but I wonder what happens when one governmental unit takes action that is in direct opposition to another unit of government. One could say that the state does this all of the time with school corporations, but we have to remember that the relationship of the state to the school corporations is that they ultimately have the power of the purse because the general assembly determines school funding every two years.
Edited by Holy Cow, 20 March 2015 - 07:37 AM.