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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Naming and Dedication of the Auditorium at Plant City High School
The Plant City High School alumni, faculty, and community members have requested that the auditorium at Plant City High School be named the James A. "Sonny" Jones, Sr. Auditorium.

The James A. "Sonny" Jones, Sr. Auditorium will celebrate and honor Mr. Jones' 36 years of dedication to the students in Hillsborough County Public Schools.  Mr. Jones graduated from Turkey Creek High School in 1949, graduated from college in 1953, and became a teacher.  Mr. Jones served as dean of boys at Mann Middle School before being appointed as assistant principal at Plant City High School.  He served as principal of Tomlin Junior High School until he was appointed principal of Plant City High School where he served until he retired in 1990.

Mr. Jones influenced and enriched the lives of many students and families in the Plant City community throughout his education career.  He is admired and respected for his gentle manner, his encouragement and high expectations, and genuine interest in achievements and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.  Since his retirement, he has stayed involved in the community and our schools as a member of the Civitan Club that works with the Jr. Civitan Clubs at Durant and Plant City high schools.  He has been involved with the Strawberry Festival Youth Parade and serves on several scholarship selection committees.

It would be an honor to the faculty, staff, alumni, and community to have the approval for the naming and dedication of the James A. "Sonny" Jones, Sr. Auditorium at Plant City High School.
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Plant City High School Alumni Association plans to purchase the plaque for the auditorium naming in honor of Mr. Jones.  There is no financial impact to the district for the naming and dedication of the auditorium.
Policy 7250 – COMMEMORATION OF SCHOOL FACILITIES - School sites and facilities shall be named for individuals who have rendered outstanding public service to public education, for geographical locations and for groups and clubs as indicated:

A.  Elementary, middle, and secondary schools - for Presidents, school board members, educators, outstanding citizens and geographical locations;
B.  Other facilities, such as libraries, playgrounds and stadiums - for educators, outstanding citizens or for groups or clubs which assisted most in the establishment of the facility.

When naming a new school or other existing facility, input shall be solicited from neighboring schools and/or the community at large. A new school or facility shall be named after the construction contract has been awarded.
SUBMITTED BY:  Sharon Morris, Area Superintendent, Area VI
Harrison Peters   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief of Schools
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  Chief of Staff
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    C 8.04
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20171017_822 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 8.04