Ideas sought to name new S'side elementary school

In January 2005 the Sunnyside School District began collecting ideas to name Sierra Vista Middle School.

Now, nearly two years to the day, the district is at it again to find a name for a new elementary school set to open in August 2008.

The district is asking the community to offer name suggestions by filling out a form that will be available at several pick-up and drop-off points throughout Sunnyside.

The new school will be built next to Sierra Vista and the district is going with an experienced hand to lead the name selection.

Stan Davis, planning principal for the new school, is heading up a 10-member committee that will review the community's suggestions and recommend a short list of names for the school board's consideration.

The district hired Davis during the same process for Sierra Vista, Pioneer Elementary School, as well as a re-naming move that led to naming Chief Kamiakin Elementary School and Harrison Middle School.

So, what makes a good school name?

Davis thinks something that reflects the history of the area is a good start.

"It would be nice if it were something of historical significance to the area," he said. "As a society we tend to forget our history."

There are three criteria for name suggestions, according to the school district.

1. Each name should be known and significant to the residents in the school district.

2. The names submitted should not conflict with the names of other schools in the district or surrounding districts.

3. The use of names of living persons should be avoided.

Davis also encourages the public to provide a reason for nominating each name.

Nomination forms are available in the Daily Sun News pages periodically, as well as at the front office. Forms are also available at all school offices and from the Sunnyside Recreation Department.

Completed forms can be returned to the same locations or mailed to Stan Davis, 1110 S. Sixth Street, Sunnyside, WA 98944.

All school name nominations are due by Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Davis said the the committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sierra Vista library to whittle the suggested names to a list of three to five finalists that will be submitted to the school board for a final vote.

The Sunnyside School Board is expected to decide the new school's name during its Feb. 27 meeting.


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