The naming and renaming of all school sites and facilities shall respect all race, cultural, and ethnic differences and values. Furthermore, the School Board prohibits the use of any school or facility name that is in direct violation with its School Board policy 2260 – Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity.
School sites and facilities shall be named for individuals who have rendered outstanding public service to public education, for geographical locations, and for groups and clubs as indicated:
Elementary, middle and secondary schools – for U.S. Presidents, school board members, educators, outstanding citizens and geographical locations. An elected official proposed for a school name shall have left public office for a period not less than five years. No candidate for public office shall be considered.
A new school shall not be named until the boundaries for that school are set.
A. Other facilities, such as libraries, playgrounds and stadiums – for educators, outstanding citizens or for groups or clubs which assisted most in the establishment of the facility
B. If a school is to be named by its location in the community, the name(s) proposed should be descriptive and of reasonable length
C. Suggested names shall be submitted in writing to the Superintendent
D. The School Board shall consider all suggested names together with names suggested by School Board members and District employees
E. The School Board may, after consideration of all suggested names, request additional suggested names
F. The School Board shall announce the deadline for acceptance of suggested names and then select the name for the school or District facility after consideration of all suggested names
G. No person shall have more than one school district site or facility named after that person
H. Once adopted by the Board, the name of a new or existing school shall be considered permanent. If the Board subsequently initiates or is called upon to consider a name change, the Board shall allow for community involvement, deliberation, discussion, and debate, prior to its taking action
I. In the event of a merger or consideration of two or more schools, sites or facilities, the criteria found in this policy will be used for the naming of such school site or facility
J. The School Board shall vote on a proposal name within six months from the date of the soliitation of potential names
K. The process for commemoration of school facilities shall be consistently applied through the District
L. The Superintendent shall have the authority to negotiate with community partners for the naming of a school facility with the Board having final approval of any proposed name