921 – Naming Of District Facilities And Events

Naming of Facilities. The Board of Directors must approve all names of District facilities. For purposes of this policy, “District facility” shall refer to a District owned or leased site, building, or a room or other facility located upon or within a site or building.   Any person or group proposing a name for a District facility must submit a written proposal to the Superintendent, outlining the reasons for the proposed name. If the proposal is to name a District facility after an individual, the proposal must outline specific contributions the individual has made to the nation or to the District community. The Superintendent shall make a recommendation to the Board regarding the proposal and may involve other persons in making the recommendation.

The District is committed to respecting the diverse and multi-cultural characteristics of the District community. Therefore, any name should have broad acceptance in a diverse community.

The District, except for an unusual and extraordinary circumstance, shall not name a District facility after a person currently employed in the District or after a person who was employed in the District during the previous three years.

Naming of Events or Activities. The Board of Directors must approve all names of District events or activities that are named after an individual. A proposal to name an event or activity after an individual must outline specific contributions the individual has made to the nation or to the District community. The Superintendent shall make a recommendation to the Board regarding the proposal and may involve other persons in making the recommendation. The District, except for an unusual and extraordinary circumstance, shall not name an event or activity after a person who was employed in the District during the previous three years.

Other Alternatives. The Board of Directors recognizes that there may be a desire to commemorate the contributions of an individual through the naming of a District facility, event or activity. However, the Board also recognizes that many staff members and volunteers make a variety of extraordinary contributions. Therefore, the Board strongly suggests that other alternatives, such as the following, be considered:

  • Establishing a scholarship with a District foundation, booster club or other organization;
  • Landscaping improvements such as trees, stepping stones, or benches;
  • Establishing a special purpose fund with a District foundation or booster club or other organization to benefit a program.

Date of Adoption: April 19, 2010

Legal References: Chapter 274.1, 279.8, 279.62, Code of Iowa

URBANDALE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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