February 20th, 2009

Tacoma Schools Naming Rights Policy on Hold

By Kris Sherman
The News Tribune

A proposed policy that included the potential for selling naming rights to school facilities won’t be considered by Tacoma School Board members next week.

The Community Partnerships and Commercial Activities policy originally was scheduled for a second reading – and possible adoption – next Thursday night.

School Board President Kim Golding pulled it from the agenda “so there would be more time to communicate with the community regarding the policy and to gather input,” school district spokeswoman Leanna Albrecht said this afternoon.

Golding could not be reached for comment.

Superintendent Art Jarvis told board members when he introduced the proposal last month that it could be a good way to raise money for a wide range of school activities. Though the possibility of selling naming rights to school facilities was part of the proposed policy, it was only one piece, Jarvis said at the time.

School districts across the nation get money for a variety of programs through foundations, business partnerships and other alliances, he has said.

Some Tacoma School Board members said they liked parts of the proposal when Jarvis brought it before them Jan. 22, but there were reservations and questions about the naming rights aspect in particular.

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