Community invited to submit names for new Sparks area elementary school

Community invited to submit names for new Sparks area elementary school
Monday, September 9, 2013 - 2:51pm

The Socorro Independent School District is looking for input in naming the district’s newest elementary school, scheduled to open in July 2014. As part of Bond 2011, the new school will serve families in the fast-growing Eastlake feeder pattern.

Nominations for school names are being accepted by the Socorro ISD through Sept. 24. Submissions may be emailed to, faxed to 915-937-0194 or delivered by 4 p.m. Sept. 24 to the Public Relations Department in the District Service Center at 12440 Rojas Dr.

A task force consisting of area parents, students and community members, the Bond Accountability Committee and district staff will review all nominations. The group will recommend each name submitted, school mascots and colors to the Superintendent José Espinoza and the SISD Board of Trustees for consideration. The final decision in naming the school rests with the Board.

“Community engagement is always important in SISD and we are eager to work with parents, students and community members to name our newest school in the district,” Dr. Espinoza said. “This will be the 46th school built in SISD. We are pleased to be delivering Bond 2011 on time and within budget, keeping true to ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept.’”

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 elementary schools may be named after an individual. The individual may be living or deceased; however greater considerations shall be given to names of the deceased.

An individual, whether living or deceased, may be considered upon the following criteria:

1. 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.

2. 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).

The complete policy is attached as a PDF.

CW (LOCAL) 8-20-13 FINAL.pdf66.01 KB

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