FF: Naming New Facilities

  • When naming a school facility, the following must be considered: Bias or favoritism, political pressure, or temporary popularity should not be an influence in choosing a name for a school, a portion of a school, or a portion of school grounds. Community opinion shall be considered in naming school facilities.

    The School Committee has the authority to approve the naming and renaming of buildings, structures, and facilities located on school property. The School Committee also has the authority to name subsections of existing structures or facilities, such as classrooms, auditoriums, and gymnasiums.

    Names and/or wording associated with school facilities shall be consistent with district policies and promote messages aligned with the mission, vision, and goals of the district. Names and/or wording shall be designed to promote the inclusive use of a space.

    When the opportunity to name or dedicate a new school or school related property, structure, or facility arises, the School Committee will consider the proposal at an open meeting.

    Submission of a name for a school space may be made by any resident or by the Superintendent, in writing, and shall be addressed to the School Committee Chair. If a name originates at the school level, the Principal must take reasonable steps to include the School Council and PTA/PTO in the nomination of the name before submission to the School Committee.

    The written request must specify the intent and the reasons why this particular name would be appropriate for the facility. The request shall include appropriate background information on the person or organization after which the facility will be named. An offer of a financial contribution to the District may accompany the naming request, but the School Committee is not obligated to accept or reject a name based upon financial considerations alone. 

    Upon receipt of a naming request, the School Committee will call for public comment after which the Committee will deliberate and vote on the name.

Last Modified on April 22, 2020