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School board considering facility naming policy revisions

Posted: February 5, 2018 5:39 p.m.
Updated: February 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will consider revision to the Kershaw County School District’s facility naming policy. While some of the revisions are minor, the biggest change is the addition of a section on “Naming Rights in Consideration.”

Currently, the policy is split between naming new facilities or naming/renaming existing facilities. Most of that language is being kept intact, but under its own section of “Naming Rights in Recognition.” Such recognitions are suggested by natural setting, geography, special meaning to the community, historical significance, are not similar to those of existing schools and that have not been used for existing subdivisions.

In addition, while district facilities are not, generally, named after living persons, consideration is given to people who have been deceased for more than three years. Names are considered by a naming or renaming committee, come up with a single proposal, which trustees must either accept or reject by majority vote.

“Naming Rights in Consideration” speaks to the naming of facilities based on financial contributions, sponsorships and other commercial transactions.

A portion of the introduction to this section reads, “It is expected that a specific agreement about the nature of a naming right will be executed between the parties or their representatives.  All such agreements will be subject to the district’s requirements for contracts as established in law and regulations and board policies and/or administrative rules, including bidding or procurement requirements for district contracts.  Nothing in this administrative regulation shall be construed as to provide a provider of goods, services, or financial contributions an automatic naming right.  All such rights are subject to board approval.”

The policy also states that the district will take into consideration a balance between commercial considerations and how the name will reflect the district’s sense of identity. Also, consideration-based naming rights would not be transferable and could be revoked by the board at any time. However, the district would consider – but not necessarily grant – an update to an already existing name.

Also on tonight’s agenda:

• Recognition of arts grants recipients and the district’s strings program.

•A school resource officer/growth ad hoc committee update and discussion.

•An update on referenda-approved construction projects.

•Discussion of a board self-evaluation.

Also, trustees will enter executive session to discuss undisclosed “employment matters” and a legal matter concerning a fee in lieu of taxes, or FILOT, agreement.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Kershaw County School District board room, 2029 West DeKalb St., Camden, and is open to the public.

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