Thursday, May 23, 2019
If you haven’t heard, we will be opening a new elementary school in the fall of 2020 in the facility currently occupied by the Boys & Girls Club. This building will house students from overcrowded schools in the 2019-20 school year but will open as the district’s first magnet school in 2020, drawing students from across the district. We have been referring to this school as Elementary #10 for a long time, and now this school needs a name! In Fact, we have begun the process. Thank you to the Gig Harbor community for your participation in our initial new elementary #10 naming.
Our committee was very thoughtful and thorough in our consideration of the recommendations. We closely followed School Board Policy 6970 to align our recommendations to the following requirements:
A person who has attained national or local prominence in the fields of education, arts and sciences, politics, military achievements, and statesmanship,
A past U.S. president or Washington national senators or representatives, or
A geographic characteristic of the area in which the facility is located, and
The use of names of living persons will be avoided unless the circumstances warrant an exception
The policy also states whenever possible the name should not conflict with names of other schools in the district or close neighboring districts and should be of significance to the community. As we explored recommendations for geographical locations, we referenced proximity and relevance to the school location. Furthermore, in our consideration of recommendations after people, we were intentional to consider impact and relevance on our community and district.
We received 126 recommendations for the name. Our District Naming Advisory Committee, comprised of 14 members representing all areas of our community narrowed our recommended list to 10. We want to ask you for feedback on these recommendations before we take them to the Board of Directors for their final selection.
In particular, we realized there was a significant number of people who suggested that we honor one of our local, wonderfully active citizens and collectively submitted a nomination in his name. After careful consideration, the advisory committee felt that while the name did not align with the requirements of Board Policy, the Board alone could elect to make that exception. The committee, however, will be submitting school names in accordance with our original charge
Therefore, we have developed another survey to capture the broadest input on the names the committee is considering. Please consider reviewing these nominees and the brief rationale for each. We then encourage you to let us know the one you feel most appropriately represents our community. This is not a vote but it does help reflect the view of a community and it helps us develop the final list to be submitted to the Board of Directors.
Thank you for your time and involvement in this process. Your participation will provide great insight for our advisory committee as we make the final recommendations.
SURVEY- The survey will be open through Sunday, June 2nd.