2016-04-28 / Opinion

Re-naming buildings will show unity

By Mary Klamm
Staples Motley Schools

I am pleased to see nominations already being submitted for what we should call our school buildings moving forward. The nominations have been fun to read. It’s obvious some thought has been put into this naming/re-naming process. There is still plenty of time and we hope to get many more nominations before May 6. It will be very exciting to see what the Super Transition Team recommends to the Staples Motley School Board.

Why are we even considering re-naming our school buildings at this time? Our present list of school names indicates division within our communities.

It is our intent to receive feedback from a broad representation of the district community. If you haven’t submitted a form yet, consider letting your voice be heard.

A reminder of the Re-naming Guidelines:

All submissions must be made in writing, using only the Naming/Re-Naming of Schools Nomination form. This form can be found on our website, at each school office, the Staples Public Library and the district office. Forms were also sent home with students.

Nominations are due to the District Office by May 6. Each buildings’ Transition Team will meet Tuesday, May 10 to select the top three names for their site. At this meeting, the Transition Teams will also select three representatives for their building to make up a “Super” Transition Team. The site principal and two Staples Motley School Board members will also be included on the Super Transition Team.

The Super Transition Team for each building will meet on May 12 to create a final naming recommendation for each site to present at the May 16 regular school board meeting. The school board will have the final vote on the presented site name recommendation.

Join in the site Naming/Re-naming process. You never know - your suggestion may be a part of making history.

It’s a great time to be a Cardinal.

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