Naming for New Elementary at Key Site

Naming Policy |What to Expect | Committee | Engagement Timelines

On Feb. 6, 2020, the School Board adopted School Moves. As a result, several schools will shift locations and a new neighborhood elementary school will open on the Key site. Throughout Spring 2021, impacted communities may be engaged in naming changes or renaming processes to provide recommendations for the School Board to consider.

Naming Policy

On June 7, 2018, the School Board adopted a revised policy for Naming of Facilities Policy which describes:

  • The criteria for naming facilities
  • How APS manages requests to Rename Schools/Facilities

The revised Policy Implementation Procedures (PIP) describes:

  • The membership of naming/renaming committees
  • The process for the committees

Naming Committee Members

Principal Claire Peters
Teacher, Arlington Science Focus School Jazmynn Wilson (1st grade teacher)
Teacher, Arlington Science Focus School Christine A’Hearn (Librarian)
PTA liaison, new elementary school at Key site Rabia Oubenadi (current ASFS parent)
Lyon Village Civic Association representative Beth Ferrill (current Key parent)
North Rosslyn Civic Association representative Terri Prell
Radnor Ft. Meyer Heights Civic representative Heather McIntire (current ASFS parent)
At-Large Community Member Ali Hashemi (Rosslyn business owner/equity advocate)
Staff Liaison (Non-Voting)     Dulce Carrillo, Coordinator of Community Engagement

Memo for Naming Committee for Key Site_12.14.20-2

What to Expect Throughout the Naming Process

  • Meeting schedules will be posted on the Engage section of the APS website
  • Interested members of the community may attend meetings to listen
  • Each committee member will be charged with soliciting input from their corresponding school, neighborhood or community groups
  • Minutes of meetings will be posted on the Engage section of the APS website
  • Community input may be solicited via:
    • School or civic group meetings
    • PTA meetings
    • Input/Surveys from: Students, Parents, Community
    • Engage with APS emails
    • Other input as received

Community engagement will be, in part, a responsibility of the committee members to solicit recommendations and input from their corresponding constituent groups. Engagement may include:

  • Reaching out to the member that is associated with your group to ask questions or share your ideas
  • Asking a committee member to talk with your group or share the meeting summaries with your group
  • Participating when opportunities arise for the community to provide feedback (through survey or other opportunities)
  • Sharing information on your organization’s listserv or email group

Timeline for the New Elementary School at the Key Site


Pre-Engagement: November – December 2020

  • Provide PTAs, Civic Associations with overview of process and how to get involved
  • Publish schedule, contact information for each of the committee members

School Community Engagement: Dec. 2020 – Feb. 2021

  • Appoint committee members
  • Establish Committee meeting schedule
  • Develop recommended name with input from the community

School Board Meeting Schedule: Dec. 2020 – Mar. 2021

  • Appoint Naming Committee Members – Consent – Dec. 17, 2020
  • Information Item – February 18, 2021 (Presentation)
  • Action – March 11, 2021