The Socorro Independent School District is looking for input in naming the district’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open in July 2019.
The new school will be built as part of Bond 2017 and 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 José Espinoza, Ed.D. and the SISD Board of Trustees for consideration. The final decision in naming the school rests with the Board of Trustees.
“Home, school and community partnerships are instrumental in everything we do in Team SISD, especially when it involves monumental tasks such as naming schools,” Espinoza said. “We welcome input from the community and are eager to begin the process with another great committee of Team SISD stakeholders to get a recommendation for the name of our new school.”
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:
- 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.
- 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).
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 915-937-0194 or delivered by 4 p.m. August 24 to the Public Relations Department in the District Service Center at 12440 Rojas Drive
Nominations for school names are being accepted by the Socorro ISD now through August 24.