Board considers naming rights in closed meeting

Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton School Board on Monday went into closed session to discuss naming rights for a project outside of the district’s $39.9 million referendum budget for facility upgrades.

“We’ve been developing different criteria for the sponsorship opportunities and we want to make sure everything is clear before we make a final decision,” Supt.  Jeff Nelson said.

Nelson would not elaborate on what was being negotiated in the closed session but said the district and a local company mutually approached each other for a sponsorship opportunity. He would not say if the company is from Grafton.

In the past, the board has discussed public sponsorship for its athletic fields and the high school’s auditorium.

The board is currently finalizing a policy for public/private sponsorship. Nelson said the board would review each sponsorship opportunity on a case-by-case basis to ensure the sponsor is school appropriate.

Nelson said the board went into closed session for the negotiations because doing so in open session could negatively impact the terms and amount of money donated to the district.

The board took no action after the closed session and Nelson said it could take months before it makes a decision.

“The board has to consider what we’re looking at with all the various things and to  set price points,” Nelson said.



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