The Socorro ISD Board of Trustees approved the names of the district’s new elementary and middle combination school at the regular school board last month.
The board voted in favor of the names Eastlake Middle School and Ben Narbuth Elementary School.
The Socorro ISD New School Naming Task force was formed over the summer to name the new elementary and middle schools being built under Bond 2017.
The task force, which was convened by SISD administration, included two parents and two students who live in the area to be served by the new school along with two partners in education, two members of the Bond Accountability Committee, and district staff. The task force met four times to evaluate community nominations and develop its recommendations.
The committee’s name recommendations were reported to the Socorro ISD Board of Trustees at the August regular school board meeting. The board approved the name recommendations at the September regular school board meeting.
The new elementary and middle school will be the 50th and 51st schools in the district. The elementary school will have a capacity for 800 students and the middle school will have a 1,000-student capacity.
The new campus will serve the rapidly expanding east side of Team SISD. It will alleviate Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School and Col. John O. Ensor Middle School and help balance enrollment in the Eastlake area.
The $60 million dollar facility will cover more than 294,400 square feet. Mijares-Mora Architects has designed the new schools and Banes General Contractors is constructing the facilities.
Board trustees and Socorro ISD Interim Superintendent Marta C. Carmona also approved the school mascots and colors.
The mascot for the elementary school will be a jack rabbit and the school colors will be blue and gold. The mascot for the middle school will be a raven and the school colors will be purple, silver, and black.