The board passed a facility naming policy in a first action item. The policy comes from a February discussion with the MHS Booster Club, whose members spoke to the board about starting a private fund raising project for an artificial turf at Bishop Stadium.
The club mentioned the possibility of the naming rights to the stadium being purchased by a big donor to the project. USD 383 didn’t have a policy to address the issue.
The administration developed the policy after reviewing examples from various school districts, Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department, the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas Board of Regents.
The USD 383 policy uses Regents policy concerning a naming rights, which has a contribution schedule that begins with $250,000. If a project costs $250,000, the donor must contribute 100 percent of it. Also, a $500,000 project requires a $300,000 (60 percent) contribution, and a $1 million requires a $350,000 (35 percent) contribution.
The booster club said at the February board meeting that new synthetic turf would cost between $750,000 and $1 million.