School Naming/Renaming Processes for 2021

Naming Policy |What to Expect | Community Participation | 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 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
Schools to be Named   SCR Staff Liaison & Principal Teams
Naming for Key School at New Site   Dulce Carrillo & Marleny Perdomo
COMPLETED
New Elementary School at the Key Site  (Innovation Elementary School)   Dulce Carrillo & Claire Peters
The New Elementary School at the Reed Site (Cardinal Elementary School)   Daryl Johnson, Frank Bellavia and Gina Miller


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

Participating in Community Engagement Activities

    • Minutes from naming committee meetings will be posted online by the liaison. 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 meet with or share the meeting summaries with your group
      • Participating when opportunities arise for the community to provide feedback (through surveys or other opportunities)
      • Sharing information on your organization’s listserv or email group
      • Using the Online Feedback Form on “Engage with APS” – select the initiative from the drop-down list to submit your comments and input (all comments will be shared with the full committee) online

Timeline for the Renaming of Key School at the New Site

Date Activity
Pre-Engagement: March – April 2021
  • 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: April – May 2021

  • Appoint committee members
  • Establish Committee meeting schedule
  • Develop recommended name with input from the community
  • Committee Members appointed
  • Committees Meeting Dates and Topics
    • Meeting #1 – April 14, 2021
      • Introductions; Policy/Process review; Charge; Initial brainstorm
    • Meeting #2 – April 28, 2021
      • Review new names proposed by constituent groups, add them to initial list
      • Narrow list to top five names for community survey (if needed)
    • Meeting #3 – May 12, 2021
      • Review community naming survey data (if any); Select school name and alternate name to recommend to School Board
School Board Meeting Schedule: April – June 2021
  • Appoint Naming Committee Members – Consent – April 22, 2021
  • Information Item – May 20, 2021
  • Action – June 3, 2021

Timeline for the the New Elementary at the Key Site

DATE ACTIVITY 

Pre-Engagement – Nov-Dec 2020

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

School Community Engagement –  Dec 2020-Feb 2021

  • Members appointed to committees
  • Committees meetings
      • Dec 16, 2020
      • Jan 13, 2021
      • Feb 10, 2021
  • 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 – Feb. 18, 2021 (Updated)
  • Action – March 11, 2021

Timeline for McKinley at Reed

 

DATE ACTIVITY 
Pre-Engagement: January
  • Contacted Civic Associations to provide committee members.
  • Provided an overview of process
School and Community Engagement –  January
  • Committee Members Appointed Jan. 21
  • Committee Meetings
      • Jan. 27
      • Feb. 10
      • Feb. 24
School Board meeting schedule –      Jan – March
  • Appoint Naming Committee Members – Consent  – Jan. 21
  • Information Item: March 25
  • Action Item: April 8