Cape Elizabeth board revisits school naming policy

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board on Tuesday discussed an updated policy that reconsiders naming school facilities and portions of facilities after individuals, couples or families.

The draft policy dictates that the board shall not name, rename, or change the name of an existing facility, or part of a facility, unless there is “universal support for this request.”

If a naming request is submitted to the board, the policy states, it must appoint a committee comprised of the school superintendent, two board members, a building administrator, a teacher, a parent, and a community member to consider the request.

The policy also encourages individuals to establish a scholarship or endowment fund, instead of seeking dedication of a facility on behalf of an individual. Final decisions to rename lie with the board for renaming interior facilities, while naming exterior buildings lies with the Town Council and the board.

Discussion surrounding the policy updates followed a recent attempt to rename the Cape Elizabeth High School auditorium. That request was eventually withdrawn.

The updated policy is expected to be voted on at the board’s June 11 meeting.

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