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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Board Governance and Administration

A-09 Naming/Renaming of Schools

Date Apr 2011
Review Nov 2017
Revised May 2015

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes that the naming/renaming of a school is important for employees and students as well as to the surrounding community. As needed, an ad hoc committee for the purpose of naming/renaming shall be established in accordance with this policy.

INITIATION OF NAMING/RENAMING PROCESS

The Superintendent of Education in the area of the school to be renamed will submit a request by letter to the Chair of the Board of Trustees. With appropriate input from the Board of Trustees, the Chair and the Director of Education will determine if a naming committee will be formed.

COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

  • Local Trustee(s) associated school
  • School Administrator representative or designate
  • Local School Council representative(s)
  • Student representative(s)
  • Superintendent of Education (serving as Chair and resource support)
  • Community/Municipal representative if available

ROLE OF THE COMMITTEE

  • The committee will be provided with a list of possible names by the Committee Chair
  • The committee will evaluate suggestions and the information provided in support of the proposed name based on the naming criteria
  • The committee will vote using a system outlined at the first meeting by the Committee Chair

NAMING INPUT

  • Input will be sought via DSBN and school communication vehicles including but not limited to newsletters/notices, websites and social media
  • Naming criteria, along with deadlines for submission of names will be clearly communicated with requests for naming input

NAMING CRITERIA

To guide name selection, the Naming Committee will consider names that:

  • Inspire students
  • Reflect DSBN’s vision, mission, core values and community composition
  • Recognize a renowned Canadian with significance to the Niagara community
  • Honour a Canadian whose contribution to Canadian society or to the world is recognized and valued across Canada
  • Depict an event that has shaped life in Niagara
  • Recognizes an historical name or event which once applied to the area in which the school is located
  • Identifies the community served by the school
  • Uses the name of the street on which the school is located

Proposed names cannot:

  • Be of current employees or members of the Board

VOTING FOR THE NAME

  • Superintendent of Education will submit the top 3 names put forth by the committee with the rationale for each name to the Office of the Director of Education.
  • The Director of Education staff coordinates the voting of the school name at a future regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.
  • Trustees will submit their preferences by ballot. Voting will continue until there is a clear majority.
  • After voting has concluded, the Chair of the Board of Trustees will request that a motion be made to declare the new name of the school and the effective date. The motion will be seconded and passed by the Board of Trustees.