Frederick County Public Schools invites the public to participate in the process of naming the new Urbana-area elementary school. "The new school is slated for construction in the Urbana North mixed-use development west of MD 355 and next to the older Urbana Community Park. It is scheduled to open in August 2016 if funding is available," said Michael Doerr, Communications Director.
FCPS has organized a School Name Recommendation Committee, charged with gathering potential school names and presenting three recommendations to the Board of Education in April. Tuscarora Elementary Principal Steve Raff chairs the committee, which includes PTA members, parents from Urbana and Centerville Elementary schools, Urbana business leaders, community members and staff.
"Selecting a name is very important in creating a unique identity for the school and the future school community," says FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban.
The committee invites name suggestions via email to UrbanaAreaSchools@fcps.org. Submissions should include the person’s name, relationship to FCPS (e.g. FCPS employee, student, parent, community member, etc.), and a rationale for the suggested name. The deadline for public input is Wednesday, March 5.
Those submitting names are reminded that there is a BOE policy about naming schools. According to Policy 201, the BOE may name schools for historical events or geographical features (local or regional landmarks or locations) but not for people.
The committee will narrow suggestions to 5-10 names after reviewing historical documents, property information and suggestions. On Friday, March 7, FCPS will post the names at www.fcps.org/urbanaareaschools and publicize them through other communication channels.
The committee will then open a second opportunity for community involvement and ask for public feedback on the selected 5-10 names. The committee will welcome email comments to help narrow the 5-10 names to three at UrbanaAreaSchools@fcps.org by Thursday, March 20.
FCPS will take all feedback into account as the committee selects three names to recommend to the Board of Education in April. The Board of Education will make the final decision in naming the new school.