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FF Naming Opportunities (Honourary and Commemorative) Naming Schools

Adopted: June 10, 2003

Amended: December 23, 2010, November 26, 2012

Policy Statement

The Fort McMurray Public School District values the relationships which evolve between individuals, families, groups, or organizations through long standing involvement with the District and/or from significant financial contributions made via donation.  In appreciation, the Fort McMurray Public School District will seek to recognize these relationships and contributions by offering honorary and commemorative naming opportunities.  The Fort McMurray Public School District believes that naming of schools, buildings, or substantial parts of buildings (gymnasiums, libraries, fields, etc.) should support the District’s overall mission and vision

Policy

This policy is intended to ensure uniformity and consistency of physical asset naming throughout the Fort McMurray Public School District and provide guidelines to recognize honorary and commemorative contributions from individuals, families, groups, or organizations.

Criteria

Categories of individuals, groups, or organizations to be so honored may include the following:

    1. Individuals, families, groups, or organizations who have made significant contributions to the Fort McMurray Public School District through direct,  or other forms of involvement, including, but not limited to, monetary donations.
    2. Former members of the District who have made outstanding contributions to a discipline or school, or the greater community.
    3. Individuals or families, groups or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community as a whole.
    4. When recognition reflects a financial donation or endowment, the facility may be named:
      • directly after the benefactor
      • may retain its current title
      • be given another title (following which the benefactor will be recorded as its sponsor).

    Process

    1. Nominations for both honorary and commemorative Namingwill be addressed by the Naming Advisory Committee.  Nominating forms for Honorary or Commemorative Naming will be available at Central Office.  The Naming Advisory Committee will consist of:
      • Superintendent of Schools
      • Chairperson, Board of Trustees
      • Partnership Facilitator
      • Associate Superintendent – Business & Finance
      • Communication Coordinator
      1. The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for organizing the Naming Advisory Committee.
      2. The Naming Advisory Committee is responsible for vetting all naming nomination forms in a timely manner.
      3. The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees based on the criteria.
    2. The nomination and its relevance within the Annual Strategic Plan of the Fort McMurray Public School District will also be considered.

    A crucial factor in determining whether or not the nomination is approved will be if it supports the District’s overall mission and goals regardless of the financial contribution.

    General Rules and Guidelines

    1. Naming of a Building:
      1. Nominations for the naming a building (or significant and identifiable part of a building) shall be forwarded to the Naming Advisory Committee.
      2. Criteria:
        1. For buildings, segments of buildings and other facilities names by function or location, criteria of naming will generally include consistency with ongoing use.

        The Fort McMurray Public School District will consider the naming of a building in recognition of a corporation as a benefactor when that corporation:

        • Provides not less than 50% of the capital cost of the building;

        or

        • Supports the District, staff or other schools with donations of $10 million or above.
    2. Naming of a gymnasiums, classrooms, walks, gardens, gates, and other similar structures:
      • Nominations may be considered for naming parts of buildings or outdoor areas on receiving an application worth at a minimum of $500,000.
      • Nominations for naming part of a building or outdoor area in honor of a person will also be considered when that person has given distinguished service to the Fort McMurray Public School District or the school/community that merits recognition.
      • Other facilities and projects may be recommended for naming after consultation with the Superintendent of Schools.
    3. Naming rights will normally remain in place for a period of no longer than ten years.
    4. Where donations are less than the amount specified above, the Fort McMurray Public School District may acknowledge the donors by means of a “commemorative plaque” or “donor acknowledgement board”.

    Protocols

    1. Facilities will not normally be named to honor person(s) who have no formal connections with education and/or the Fort McMurray Public School District unless they are substantial benefactors.
    2. Commemorative plaques and/or Donor Acknowledgement Board will be used to recognize endowments in appropriate locations. 
    3. The style of plaque(s)/board and name, will be determined by the Fort McMurray Public School District.
    4. When the nomination involves the use of a deceased person’s name, Trustee approval is contingent on the agreement of that person’s next of kin.
    5. In the event that the flow of funds agreed to ceases before the agreed to time, the Superintendent of Schools may recommend to Trustees that the use of the benefactor’s name for a building, etc. be discontinued.
    6. If an individual or organization, after whom a facility has been named, comes into disrepute in the opinion of the Fort McMurray School District, the Superintendent may recommend to the Executive Team and then to Trustees that the use of the name be discontinued.
    7. The Superintendent of Schools may approve generic names for facilities until such times as a nomination for naming is submitted through the procedures outlined in this policy.

     

    RECOGNITION

    Category A:

    Funding will be acquired from industry/business and individual partners on an annual, bi-annual or 3 year term basis with an annual report being provided for how money is being spent and the results achieved.

    Contributions:

    Diamond – will be for donations of $50,000.00 or more.

    Category B:

    Funding will be acquired from industry, business, individual partners on an annual, bi-annual, or 3 year term basis and with an annual report being provided on how money is spent and the results achieved.

    Contributions:

    Gold Donor – donations for $25,000 - $49, 999 plus per year
    Platinum Donor – donations for $10,000 - $24,999 per year
    Silver Donor – donations from $1,000 - $9,999 per year
    Bronze Donor – donations to $999

    Category C:

    Endowment Fund – Future idea for FMPSD, e.g. “Friends of Fort McMurray Public School District”.
    Recognition for Contributions:

    Each year donors from Category A and B (and may include C) will be invited to a recognition event, in their honor, to recognize their donations and support for FMPSD.  Representatives from Executive, Board of Trustees, and Partnership Stakeholder Groups will be in attendance and will also plan the event in collaboration with the Partnership Facilitator and the Communications Coordinator of FMPSD.

    Categories A and B:

    All donors in both categories A and B will have the choice of a tax receipt and/or their logo being showcased in a desired location of the District and/or School.  (See Policy: Naming Opportunities).

    Category C will follow guidelines for charitable receipt status.

    References

    Legal Reference:

    The Alberta Teacher’s Association Code of Professional Conduct
    Teaching Professional Act:  Section 8 (8)
    Charitable Fundraising Act
    School Act Part 7

    Cross Reference:

    DR Fundraising
    GOO Ethics and Business Conduct
    GDQ CUPE Code of Conduct
    GBCC – Conflict of Interest

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