FF: NAMING NEW FACILITIES

FILE: FF
 
Naming a school is an important matter that deserves thoughtful attention. Personal prejudice or favoritism, political pressure, or temporary popularity should not be an influence in choosing a school name. A name with an historical or educational significance or inspiration should be chosen that will lend dignity and stature to the school. No interior space shall be named after a current employee.
 
The Superintendent will prepare for the approval of the Committee a procedure to follow in recommending names for school buildings. Whenever possible, the wishes of the community, including parents and students, should be considered in naming new facilities.
 
It is expected that an orderly, announced procedure will lessen the community or factional pressures that so quickly build up when the selection is delayed or seems uncertain. A prompt decision will reduce disappointments and advance community solidarity. Much confusion in accounts, files, and records can be avoided if a new school can be identified by name before the planning starts.
 
The same process applies to naming spaces within a school building. As a matter of protocol, no space will be named after a current employee of the Lexington Public Schools or the Town of Lexington.

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015