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Naming of School District Facilities/Property/Events
Policy: The Board of Education believes names given to district facilities/property/events should
have special significance to the community, its traditions and values. The naming of buildings and
other facilities/property/events provides an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals,
or groups, to education and to the life of our community.
The Board of Education recognizes the official name selected for a facility/property/event is a vital
factor in the public image of the community. It is the intent of the board to name facilities in the
District in a manner that evokes pride in students, school employees, parents/guardians and the
community. Naming facilities is the sole authority of the Board of Education. All naming decisions
will be consistent with the vision, mission, beliefs and goals of the Anamosa Community School
Additionally, the board reserves the rights to withdraw the name in the event that information is
revealed may cause the name to be inappropriate for District buildings or grounds.
Request for Naming or Renaming Existing Facilities and Additions
A request for consideration of naming or renaming facilities/property/events may be initiated by the
School Board, school employees, school-related organizations, students, or any interested citizen or
1. Such a request shall be made in writing to the Superintendent and forwarded to the School
Board. These nominations should include supporting materials that address:
a. The rationale for the recommendation.
b. Biographical and background information regarding the proposed name.
c. Attributes / Qualities of the proposed honoree
i. Demonstrated record of excellence in their respective field evidenced by a
variety of outstanding accomplishments, awards, leadership, and service roles in
their profession, community, professional and civic organizations.
ii. Demonstrated positive role model for others.
iii. Demonstrated commitment to excellence. Extraordinary impact on students,
staff, student achievement, activities, arts, or athletics.
iv. Exhibited positive values: honesty, integrity, sense of fairness, self-discipline,
teamwork, dedication to work, etc.
2. The superintendent shall place the request on the agenda for Board action for referral to the
standing committee. No action to name or rename facilities/property/events is to be taken by
the School Board without referral to and recommendation from the standing committee.
3. The superintendent (or District administrative designee) will facilitate the functions of the
standing committee in its review of the request and subsequent action.
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If the naming of a facility or a portion of a facility is a condition of a gift to the District and the Board
believes the size of the gift warrants such action, the Board may waive any or all requirements of this
policy and approve the name designated by the donor. Dedication of a particular
facilities/property/event does not guarantee that the dedication, name or memorial will exist in
1. The superintendent shall appoint a committee of not less than five (5) and not more than seven
(7) individuals to be inclusive of staff, citizens, parents, and students to consider the naming
2. The superintendent or designee shall serve as the non-voting chairperson of the committee. A
member of the School Board, appointed by the Board President, will also serve as a non-voting
member of the committee.
3. The Standing Committee shall thoroughly study and review the request as it relates to the
criteria stated on page 1 of this policy.
4. Costs associated with the naming or renaming of the facility shall be negotiated by the parties
requesting the change and must be recommended by the superintendent.
The District recognizes that many individuals make extraordinary contributions that may warrant or
generate a desire to commemorate their contributions. The District strongly suggests that other
alternatives, including but not limited to the following also be considered:
a. Establishing a scholarship in the individuals name with the Anamosa Community School
b. Landscaping improvements such as trees, stepping stones, benches with an appropriate plaque
c. Establishing a special purpose fund with the Anamosa Community School Foundation.
The Board reserves the right of final approval for the name of any and all facilities.
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