The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

7250 - COMMEMORATION OF SCHOOL AND DISTRICT FACILITIES

The School Board may commemorate a school or District (non-school site) facility by naming or renaming a facility in accordance with this policy. The Board will consider recommendations from the community and other interested or impacted parties when approving proposed names for new school and District facilities and renaming of existing school and District facilities.

If the school or District facility is to be named/renamed by its location in the community, the names proposed should be descriptive of the geographical area in which the facility is located, and be of reasonable length.

If the school or District facility is to be named/renamed in honor of a man or woman, the names proposed should be:

 

A.

those of outstanding civic, or educational leaders, or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of education or humanity in general whether living or deceased, of local, national, or international prominence;

 
 

B.

if the school or District facility is to be named for a living person, the eponymís consent must first be obtained in writing before it is submitted for the Boardís consideration.

The naming/renaming of a school or District facility in the name of an individual who has given a monetary contribution to the School District is also allowed.

School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee

A School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee shall be convened to consider community input and allow public participation as follows:

 

A.

Before the School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee (committee) is convened, input from the community, in which the each existing school or the new school is or will be located, shall be solicited. The following steps must be followed:

 
 

1.

At least one (1), but no more than three (3) publicly noticed meetings with members of the public and other interested persons must be held in order to obtain public input in this process.

     
 

If more than three (3) public meetings are determined to be necessary to obtain sufficient public input into this process, additional meetings may be approved by the chief operating officer.

 
 

2.

The chief operating officer, or designee, shall act as the facilitator for these meetings and will schedule the requisite meetings before the committee is convened.

 
 

3.

Consistent with the criteria set forth in this policy, all names recommended to the committee must be accompanied with the appropriate background information and documented support for the suggested names, including any letters of recommendation.

 
 

4.

A complete list of all names suggested by the public through this public input process shall be forwarded to the committee.

   
 

5.

All names obtained through the public input process, along with the name of the individual(s) who originally suggested any of the names on the list referenced above, must be provided to the members of the committee at least a week before the committee is convened.

   
 

B.

The chief operating officer shall be responsible for convening the committee and serving as the coordinator of the activities of the committee.

 
 

C.

The committee will be comprised of the following voting members:

 
 

1.

the Board Chair;

 
 

2.

the Board member in whose district the school or facility to be named or renamed is located;

 
 

3.

an additional member to be designated by the Board member in whose district the school or facility to be named/renamed is located;

     
 

4.

the Region Superintendent, Region Office, in whose region the school or facility is located;

 
 

5.

a representative from the community surrounding the school that is to be named/renamed, to be selected by the Region Superintendent in whose region the school or facility is located.

 
 

All meetings of the committee shall comply with the Sunshine Law.

 
 

Only the voting members listed above and assigned to the committee in accordance with this policy will be allowed to vote.

 
 

Proxy votes will not be allowed. The presence of three (3) or more voting members of the committee will constitute a quorum.

 
 

D.

The Chair shall appoint another Board member to the committee in the event the school or facility to be named/renamed is located in the Chairís district.

New School Facilities

The chief operating officer will convene a School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee, solely for the purpose of organizing the committee, after the commencement of a new school facility, and will oversee the process of soliciting community input in accordance with the procedures above.

The committee may not consider and recommend possible school names until after the community input process has been completed.

Renaming Existing School Facilities

The name of a new school or school facility adopted by the Board shall be permanent except when the Board determines by majority vote that a name change is desirable as a result of a recommendation from a School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee.

No existing facility will be renamed unless the request to do so emanates from the students, their families, the schoolís faculty, the community, or other interest groups.

The chief operating officer upon receipt of requests sufficient to indicate community interest in renaming an existing facility, will oversee the process of soliciting community input and convene a School Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee in accordance with the procedures above.

The Board is responsible for the final determination of whether a school facility will be renamed.

The Board may, after considering the names presented, request that the committee provide additional proposed names for the Boardís consideration.

Upon the Superintendentís recommendation to make minor changes or corrections to the name of an existing school, the Board by majority vote may waive the committee process. The renaming process may only be waived if the proposed name change would not significantly modify the existing name to the extent that the school is no longer recognized or identified with the name of the school prior to it being renamed.

District Facilities Naming/Renaming Process

Upon receipt of requests sufficient to indicate community interest in naming or naming a District owned/leased facility, the chief facilities officer will convene a District Facilities Naming/Renaming Committee (committee) to consider the request in accordance with the following procedures:

 

A.

The chief facilities officer or designee shall serve as the facilitator and coordinator overseeing the committee process.

     
 

B.

The committee will be comprised of nine (9) voting members as follows:

     
 

1.

one (1) representative selected by each Board member;

     
 

2.

one (1) non-voting representative from the Office of School Operations; and

     
 

3.

one (1) non-voting representative from the Office of School Facilities.

     
 

C.

A quorum will consist of five (5) voting members. Proxy votes will not be allowed.

     
 

D.

If a quorum is not met for the first meeting, a second and final meeting will be convened.

     
 

E.

The name to be commended to the Board for approval must be approved by a majority vote of the committee. If the committee fails to approve a name by majority vote, the name of the facility will remain unchanged. New requests to name or rename the facility will not be considered for a period of one (1) year from the date of the last meet held by the committee unless a shorter period is specifically approved by the Board.

     
 

F.

All meetings of the committee shall be public and comply with Florida's Sunshine and public records laws.

     
 

G.

The Board will make the final determination of whether a District owned/leased facility will be named/renamed.

Identification Plaque

All major building projects will be identified by suitable plaque(s) identifying the project, date of award, the names of the Board members, Superintendent, the architectural firm, and the general contractor.

Revised 9/5/12
Revised 7/12/17

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