6970 Naming of Schools/Facilities

  • New district buildings shall be named after persons who have attained national or local prominence in the fields of education, arts and sciences, politics, military achievements and statesmanship, after past U.S. presidents or Washington national senators or representatives or after the geographic characteristics of the area in which the facility is located.

    The superintendent will develop procedures for the naming of school facilities.

    ADOPTED: 05/13/1993
    REVISED: 04/23/98; 3/21/19

    Procedure No. 6970P Naming of Schools/Facilities

    The naming of a school shall take place in the following manner:

    A.  The superintendent shall select/designate a committee of, whose purpose it shall be to submit to the board a list of not less than three, nor more than five, names for the new facility. The list shall briefly state, along with each name, why the committee nominated each name. The committee may solicit nominations from students and the community.

    B.  The committee shall, whenever possible, follow these guidelines:

    1. Each nomination shall be known to, and significant to, the people of the district.
    2. The nomination submitted shall not conflict with the names of other schools in the district or surrounding districts.
    3. The use of names of living persons shall be avoided unless the circumstances warrant an exception.
    4. Nominations should not reflect current employees.

    C.  The board shall select the name of the new facility from the list. In recognition of the efforts of those involved in the project, a plaque containing the following information shall be attached to a new school:

    1. School name;
    2. Board-approved construction date;
    3. Completion or dedication date;
    4. Name of board members as of the board-approved construction date in the following order:
    5. President/Chairman
    6. Vice-President/Vice-Chairman
    7. Members (alphabetically)
    8. Superintendent as of board-approved construction date; and
    9. Architect and contractor names.

    Formal dedication of the facility shall take place on a date and time specified by the board.

    Naming of facilities within a school
    Facilities within schools will not be named. Facilities named prior to policy adoption will remain.

    Commemoratives related to a facility within a school
    Commemoratives are defined as tangible signs, plaques, or markers placed as a memorial, remembrance or celebration of a person or persons with unique connection to the facility or its use. 

    The board can approve that a commemorative be placed on or near a facility after the completion of the following guidelines:

    1. The administrator of the school convenes a committee to research and collect information about the person(s) and the unique contributions related to the facility.  Whenever possible, the committee shall include students and members of the community.
    2. A member of the committee shall present the recommendation of a commemorative at a publicly announced board meeting.  At that board meeting, any descent to the recommendation shall also be heard by the board.
    3. The recommendation shall not require the district to expend funds to place the commemorative.
    4. All commemorative designs shall require prior approval and will be consistent with district values and strategic plan.
    5. All decision-making authority regarding commemoratives being placed rests with the school board.

    ADOPTED: 05/13/1993
    REVISED: 04/23/98; 3/21/19

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