New SISD combo school in Eastlake area | Courtesy SISD

SISD turns to community to name new combo school in Eastlake area

Socorro Independent School District officials are looking for input in naming the district’s newest elementary and middle schools, scheduled to open in 2022, expanding Eastlake High School feeder area.

The new combination school will be built as part of Bond 2017. Nominations for school names are being accepted by the Socorro ISD now through July 6.

A task force consisting of area parents, students and community members, and district staff will review all nominations.

The group will recommend two names, one for the elementary school and one for the middle school, school mascots and colors to Interim Superintendent Marta C. Carmona, M.Ed. and the SISD Board of Trustees for consideration. The final decision in naming the schools rests with the Board of Trustees.

“Collecting input and ideas from the wonderful people in the Socorro ISD family is invaluable and embodies the collaborative spirit of our school district,” Carmona said. “I look forward to receiving name recommendations from community members and beginning this important process to usher in two more schools to serve students and families in Team SISD.”

Submissions may be emailed to or delivered by 4 p.m. July 6 to the Public Relations Department in the District Service Center at 12440 Rojas Dr. The district office will be closed for the summer holiday June 28 through July 5.

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 de-ceased; 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.
    1. 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).