Agreement reached on naming rights of Syd Thrift Athletic Complex
by Larry Chowning
The Middlesex County School Board announced Monday night at the board’s regular monthly meeting that the attorney representing the school board and the attorney representing the citizens group “Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools” have finalized a leasing agreement for naming rights to portions of the high school athletic fields.
The agreement implements naming procedures in exchange for donations to benefit the construction of the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School in Saluda. The board voted to authorize school superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor to sign the agreement upon its completion.
Naming rights means to name a facility after a person or an entity other than a private business.
A private business donation can be recognized by a plaque.
The agreement states that once completed and all facilities are named, they will remain so for a period of 40 years, after which the school board can revisit the naming of such facilities.
Dr. Taylor said, “We are happy to be working with the Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools in their fund-raising efforts and look forward to joint efforts in the future to improve our schools and their contributions.”
The athletic complex project, estimated to cost about $2.95 million, has been advertised and bids have been received. The final bid opening stage will be on Friday, April 19, reported school superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor.
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