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Community Invited to Submit Names for New Pebble Hills Area Elementary School

The Socorro Independent School District is looking for input in naming the district’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open in July 2018.

As part of the savings from the 2011 SISD bond program, the new school will serve students in the rapidly expanding Pebble Hills High School feeder area.

A task force consisting of area parents, students and community members, and district staff will review all nominations. The group will recommend a name, school mascot and colors to Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza and the SISD Board of Trustees for consideration. The final decision in naming the school rests with the Board of Trustees.

“Input from parents, community members and SISD staff has been an integral part of our school naming process,” Dr. Espinoza said. “We are eager to hear from the community and look forward to receiving the committee’s recommendation on a name for our new school.”

Nominations for school names are being accepted by the Socorro ISD now through December 1.
Submissions may be emailed to descobar@sisd.net, faxed to 915-937-0194 or delivered by 4 p.m. December 1 to the Public Relations Department in the District Service Center at 12440 Rojas Drive
Board Policy CW (LOCAL) outlines the district process for naming facilities: 

The administration shall ensure that interested persons are informed of and afforded an opportunity to submit proposed names. Each rationale for a proposed nomination shall be submitted in writing, not to exceed two pages in length and shall include specific reasons why the school/facility should be so named. If an individual’s name is submitted, a nomination shall include brief biographical data and an account of the individual’s significant contributions.

District schools may be named for local residential areas, geographic locations, or similarly site-specific identifiers such as roads, streets, subdivisions, or communities.

District high schools shall not be named after or in honor of any individual. An elementary, middle, or prekindergarten–grade 8 school may be named after an individual. The individual may be living or deceased; however, greater consideration shall be given to names of the deceased.

An individual, whether living or deceased, may be considered upon the following criteria:

1. The individual should have attained prominence locally, statewide, or nationally, based upon contributions to the public in recognized fields such as education, science, medicine, law, art, government, business, justice, civil rights, human rights, or military achievement.

2. The individual shall be a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the naming of a school after such an individual will reflect honor on the District and create a sense of pride among the staff, students, and community.

A school shall not be named after any sitting Board member or any individual who is related to a current Board member or member of the task force within the third degree (consanguinity), or by marriage within the second degree (affinity).

Click here to see the complete policy.

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