The person could be living or dead, and must have "made significant contributions to the nation, the State of Maryland, to Harford County or the public school system," according to the revised policy.

Such a person could be someone who has provided "outstanding and exceptional support of and service to" Harford County students, someone of "outstanding citizenship and character," someone who has served the community, has "superior ethical standards" or has made a financial contribution to the school system, according to the new policy.

Advertising policy

The proposed advertising policy changes sparked debate among the board members, and Frisch made a motion to delay a vote so "we can hash out some of these other questions and bring it back at some point."

His fellow members unanimously agreed by voice vote to table the matter until a future board meeting.

The debate arose mainly over the issue of whether the board should approve contracts between individual schools and advertisers who wish to promote their products or services inside or outside school buildings and at athletic facilities, or if the approval should be left to the discretion of school principals.

Board members also expressed concerns over the school system's ability to sever a relationship with an advertiser if that business should fall out of public favor.

Patrick Spicer, legal counsel to the school board, who presented the advertising, memorial and naming policy changes Monday, said school administrators can typically form an agreement with an advertiser and contact his office when seeking advice on a contract.

"The intent here was not to place that onus on the board," Spicer said.

The revisions to HCPS' advertising policies, which were first adopted in 1980, do give the board authority to approve advertising on school system buses or other vehicles and on buses contracted to the school district.

Board member Thomas Fitzpatrick suggested to Spicer that the school system develop "a basic boilerplate contract" administrators of Harford County's 54 schools can use, one that allows HCPS "to react very quickly" if officials need to end a relationship with an advertiser.

The current policy allows advertising related to school events such as award ceremonies, performances and more for up to 15 days, ads in school publications which help "defray the cost of the publication" and permanent ads approved by either the HCPS superintendent or school board.

The policy revisions, if approved, would also allow ads which help defray school construction costs, as well as the costs of school system activities, and those which are "informational regarding post-secondary career and educational opportunities."

Grambo objected to any form of school advertising, saying it is not "consistent with the mission of the public school system."

He also cited the state constitution's prohibition against public entities becoming monopolies and asked Spicer if he was "absolutely 100 percent sure" the advertising policy does not violate the Maryland constitution.

"I feel very confident in advising you that there is not a problem with the Maryland constitution, with respect to this policy," Spicer replied.