Board Policy It is the desire of the Board of Education that each new building or other facility within the District is given a name that lends dignity and status to the school or facility. Therefore, the Board authorizes the administration to develop guidelines for administering the naming of new buildings, existing facilities, or parts of facilities.
Administration Policy The policy on naming new buildings will be administered as follows: Guidelines
The Board of Education reserves the right to name all new buildings that are constructed or purchased. This will be accomplished after community input and by submission of an appropriate name by members of the Board of Education. The name for any new facility must be approved by the Board of Education by a majority vote.
Anyone desiring to have a new building, existing facility, or part of a facility in Jordan School District named after an individual should first refer to District Policy A9—Named Gifts to Jordan School District. If unique circumstances exist that would compel the Board of Education to consider naming a District facility or a portion of a facility outside the scope of Policy A9, the guidelines listed below must be followed:
The process for the naming of any existing facility or portion of a facility must begin with the building principal or building administrator. Only the building principal or administrator can make recommendations to the District relative to these issues.
The Board will consider petitions or recommendations for the naming of a facility or portion of a facility providing ample time is given to the Board for a response. Requests from the principal or administrator must provide evidence of significant community input and should be submitted to the Board of Education. Significant community input means that at least 50 percent of the patrons of the school have expressed support, in writing, through letters, ballots, or petitions. Documentation outlining the justifications as to why the board should consider naming a facility in honor of an individual must be submitted a minimum of two months in advance of the naming of the facility.
The person for whom the facility is named must be someone who has made a significant contribution to the educational system or community for a minimum of at least ten (10) years and if involved with the school or District as a full-time or part-time employee, paraprofessional or volunteer, the individual under consideration must be retired for at least five years. Individuals not in these categories must be deceased for at least one year before consideration will be given to naming a school facility in his/her memory.
No dedicatory ceremonies for any facility are to take place until written approval has been received from the Board of Education.
If the school administration or community desires to establish a process for placing memorial displays in a school, a committee representing the administration, faculty and community must be formed to select any names to be considered. Location of plaques of this nature must be approved by both the Administrator of Auxiliary Services and the appropriate Administrator of Schools of Schools.
No District funds are to be allocated for the purchase of memorial plaques or similar recognitions. Installation of any kind of memorabilia must be accomplished either by or under the direction of Jordan School District.
All schools must follow established procurement practices, building codes, etc.
Board Directive With the aim of improving instructional opportunities for students, it is the policy of the Board to encourage members of the private sector to make substantial financial contributions to the school system. Further, it is the directive of the Board to assure that major contributors are appropriately recognized in a long-lasting, meaningful way. Therefore, the Board authorizes the Administration to develop provisions for administering a policy on named gifts to Jordan School District.
Administrative Policy The policy on named gifts shall be administered as follows:
Named gifts to Jordan School District shall not impact, restrict, or limit the Board’s ability to purchase, sell or trade property and award contracts in the best interest of the District.
All named gifts shall be unanimously recommended to the Board of Education by the Board of Directors of the Jordan Education Foundation.
The person for whom a gift is named must be a well-respected individual whose name will lend dignity and status to the school or facility.
Naming schools for donors
Gifts valued at $1,000,000 or more which facilitate construction of a new school may be recognized by naming the school for the donor or the donor’s designee under the following conditions:
The donor is the largest single contributor to the project.
The Board has not already committed to name the school for a previously qualifying donor.
Naming facilities for donors including auditoriums, field houses, stadiums, media centers, computer labs, science centers, etc.
Gifts valued at $250,000 or more which facilitate capital improvements at an existing school or District-owned building; e.g., remodels, additions, reconstruction, etc., may be recognized by naming the improved facility for the donor or donor’s designee under the following conditions:
The donor is the largest single contributor to the project.
The Board has not already committed to name the facility for a previously qualifying donor.
Recognizing gifts with plaques or other appropriate memorials
Gifts valued at $25,000 or more which are used to improve educational facilities, to provide services for students or staff, or to enhance educational programs may be recognized with a plaque or other appropriate memorial at the location where the gift is received.
The gift must make a significant difference to the educational system.
The gift must help achieve a goal established by the school or other educational entity.