Board approves new naming rights policy
La Cañada Unified school board members unanimously approved Tuesday a new policy that allows for the naming of school facilities based on financial gifts.
As a result of the decision, donors now can have their names affixed to facilities such as the La Cañada High School football stadium for $1 million, the elementary school playgrounds for $750,000 and classrooms for $100,000, among others.
The new policy also allows for naming rights for specific programs, such as instrumental groups and drama programs.
A previous policy allowed district officials to name a school facility after an individual in recognition of a significant contribution, financial or otherwise, but it did not outline specific dollar mounts that would trigger that naming process.
“In light of the state California’s funding crisis, the district’s success in maintaining current programs is widely due to the creativity and ingenuity of the governing board and staff looking at alternative funding options,” Supt. Wendy Sinnette said.
La Cañada Unified reserves the right to reject any gifts and naming requests deemed to be at odds with its mission.
-- Megan O’Neil, Times Community News