School board approves ‘donor agreement’ for sports complex
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County School Board approved an athletic sports complex “donor agreement” on February 11 that will allow the board to sell or lease naming rights to portions of the complex.
The agreement states that in order to buy naming rights, the entity or organization has to have a purpose consistent with the educational mission of the Middlesex County Public Schools and whose activities are not contrary to that mission.
However, the board will not name any portion of a publicly-financed school facility for a private business, states the agreement. The school board may have plaques installed on any school facility honoring private donors, including corporate donors, that make significant contributions to the construction or remodeling of the complex.
The program will be a joint effort between the school board and the Friends of Middlesex County, a non-profit organization that is currently raising funds to help purchase items for the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex.
In a related matter, the board approved a final bid schedule for the athletic complex.
School superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor noted that the recently-purchased school property behind Diane’s Beauty Box on Route 17 (business) in Saluda has been cleared, and the football field and high school are now visible from the road. The clearing of the new property started January 25 and is expected to be completed March 29, he added.
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