D65 to consider commercial sponsorships

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The Evanston District 65 School Board tonight is set to consider a program to allow sponsorship agreements with commercial groups and businesses.

The guidelines proposed by the district administration would allow advertising on district property amd its website and publications in return for financial payments or in-kind contributions by sponsors.

The guidelines prohibit non-commercial advertising and ban messages relating to “political, religious, social or other public issues.”

Messages would need to be approved in advance by the school board. In addition, the guidelines say, “students will not be required to listen to, read or be subjected to commercial advertising in the classroom” nor will sponsors be allowed to distribute or disseminate advertising to students or staff.

Sponsorship recognition may be displayed at outside facilities and advertising may be linked from the district website or in district publications.

The working meeting of the school board will be held at the Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

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