SL School Board Tables Naming Policy

The Storm Lake school board Thursday night tabled the final reading of a policy for naming facilities.

In October, Storm Lake graduate Scott Randall asked the board to consider naming the football field after former coach and guidance counselor, John Swanson, who passed away last year. The board instead decided to draft a policy to cover such requests… which was approved by the board on first reading last month.

Thursday night, Randall asked the board to reconsider sections of the policy… such as the requirement a person be deceased for three years before a facility could be named for them. He said a person could be worthy of the honor when they retire and passing away should have nothing to do with it.

Board member David Skibsted said he would like to review suggestions made by Randall. The board tabled action and directed Skibsted and board member Melea Raveling to review the policy and bring it back to board.

The policy calls for the naming of a committee who would consider such requests… and says major facilities such as athletic complexes would be eligible to be named. The policy states each name shall be known to and significant to the people of the district.