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NAMING A NEW SCHOOL
The Chairman of the Board forms a School Naming Committee for the purpose of reviewing nominations and selecting final name recommendations for one or more schools. The process is announced at a Regular Board Meeting.
Community & Press Relations will notify the community via media press releases that the school naming process has been opened and that nominations are being accepted for naming of the school. The deadline for submitting nominations will be four weeks from the date of the announcement. Nomination forms are available in the Community & Press Relations Department.
At the same time the press release to the public is made opening the naming process, a letter and nomination application will be sent to those individuals who submitted a nomination for the naming of a school during the previous nomination process. The deadline date for those who choose to resubmit their nomination will also be four weeks from the date of the announcement. Those who do not respond by the closing date will not be considered.
After the closing date the School Naming Committee Chairman will set a date for the committee to convene to select the school name.
A letter will be sent from the Community & Press Relations office to all School Naming Committee members informing them of:
A press release to the media will be sent out after the closing date announcing the date for the committee to convene to select the name. A list of the names which have been submitted will be submitted to the press in the release.
The School Naming Committee will meet to review the nominations and make the final recommendation for the name.
A meeting agenda, along with guidelines and a manual consisting of the nominations and a ranking sheet to score each submission, will be provided to the School Naming Committee members one week in advance of the selection meeting. The meeting agenda will consist of:
Minutes of the meeting will be kept.
The committee´s recommendation will then go to the Superintendent for review; and it will go before the School Board at the next regular meeting.
After the board approves the name of the new school, Community & Press Relations will issue a press release.
NAMING A PORTION OF AN EXISTING FACILITY
A group or individual may petition the School Board to name a portion of an existing district facility at any time by attending a regular board meeting and making the request during the Comments portion of the meeting. The school board will instruct the group or individual to complete a nomination form which is available in the Community & Press Relations office.
In the event of multiple nominations for the same facility, a committee of three school board members will meet to review and rate the nominations.
The nomination or the committee´s recommendation will be considered and acted upon at a regularly scheduled meeting of the school board.
CRITERIA FOR NAMING OF A FACILITY
If the nomination is a geographical or specific area, it should have geographical or area relevance to the facility´s location or
If the nomination is named for a historical event, it must be related to the facility´s location or community or
If the nomination is the name of an individual, that person should have made significant, relevant contributions to the school system (i.e., a champion of public schools) and meet at least one of the following:
A. Worked in the Manatee School District, or
B. Provided public service to the community as a whole, or
C. Demonstrated community leadership in Manatee County.