Statement of Intent and Purpose: Our District supports the desire of friends and family to provide a memorial for a deceased student, staff member, or community member, as a normal and healthy response. The District also recognizes that decisions regarding memorials made in the immediate aftermath of a death may be done without full consideration of the potential implications for the students, staff, and community. (1-22-02)
For these reasons, the Board of Trustees will establish a Memorial Review Committee to administer memorials/memorial funds and to provide recommendations to the Board of Trustees within the parameters of District policy. The Review Committee will have the authority to review all memorials at least annually and to retire memorials. (1-22-02)
The following criteria for memorials will be observed:
- Trees or other plantings are acceptable as the only form of memorials allowing for a plaque bearing the name of the deceased and are to be planted at a designated place outside of District property.
- One-time or perpetual scholarships or endowments must be in the form of a partnership with the District; established and maintained by the non-district partner and administered at the agreed-upon interval by the appropriate entity within the District.
- A descriptive purpose rather than the name of the deceased must identify one-time or perpetual scholarships or endowments.
- Memorials may not disrupt the educational process by altering the regular instructional day or that of school sanctioned activities. District facilities are not to be used for memorial services.
- With the permission or request of the family of the deceased, students or staff may voluntarily participate in the funeral or memorial service.
- Memorials that involve the retirement, alteration, or discontinued use of school property or school publications will not be accepted.
- District funds may not be used to purchase, develop, or maintain memorials. (1-22-02)