PEPPERELL -- North Middlesex public schools and their facilities may soon bear the name of individuals, locations, or significant events.
Members of the regional school committee's policy subcommittee and Superintendent Joan Landers reviewed the criteria and procedures for naming schools and parts of the campus such as auditoriums, libraries, or sports fields during a Wednesday meeting at the Peter Fitzpatrick School.
The drafted policy states that schools and facilities can be named posthumously for a person who showed moral character, contributed to humanity or the community, displayed leadership, or is of historical significance.
To name a facility for a benefactor, the proposed criteria is that the name promotes the community, shows benefit to students, and follows school advertising policy.
Generally, the superintendent would review naming requests and consult with the building principal. A formal recommendation would be made to the School Committee.
Procedure to name facilities by a benefactor would involve additional steps.
The superintendent would bring the proposed donation to the School Committee to vote on in order to proceed. If approved, a public hearing would follow. Then the committee would vote to enter into contract negotiations that lay out the nature of the donation, associated costs, and naming rights.
The subcommittee recommended the drafted policies to the full School Committee, which is scheduled to meet Monday. The committee can make changes and give the public a chance to review the policy before it is approved.
A school district moratorium on naming schools and facilities went into affect in April 2017. It was intended to give time to develop a policy. That moratorium is set to expire in about two weeks.
Randee Rusch, who chairs the School Committee and is part of the policy group, said the naming regulations are not likely to be approved before the moratorium ends.