The Carroll School Board gave the Administration the green light to move forward with a two-week public input process allowing current and former students, employees and taxpayers to suggest names for the district’s new elementary school. The campus, which will open in the fall of 2011, will be home to all current Durham Elementary School students and some current Johnson Elementary School students.
The district will accept campus name suggestions in writing to NameYourSchool@southlakecarroll.edu or on a pre-printed Name Your School postcard that will be made available at each CISD school and office. Dragons have until 5 p.m. on March 7 to submit their suggested name, along with the rationale for Board consideration.
Officials say the ultimate decision on a school name will be decided by the elected School Board, but a similar process was followed when the district opened three new schools in 2001/2002. Members of the District Advisory Committee and the Bond Advisory Committee will review all the suggestions and reach a consensus on the top three they would recommend to the Board.
Trustees will be given all name suggestions submitted and can select one of the top choices of either committee, another name on the list or a name of their own choosing. A final decision is slated for the March 28 meeting.
Voters approved construction of the new elementary school in May of 2009. It will be one of two new campuses to open this fall. Carroll Middle School students will move into a newly constructed campus on Kirkwood Boulevard south of East Highland Drive. Trustees have agreed the new middle school will retain the Carroll Middle School name, while the Durham Intermediate campus will retain the Don T. Durham name. The Durham campus is named after Don T. Durham, a beloved CISD teacher and girls basketball coach who was killed tragically in a car accident years ago.
Trustees said they decided to select a new name for the elementary campus so that students rezoned from Johnson Elementary School and staff from JES will be able to identify with their new school as they merge with staff and students from Durham Elementary.
Trustees set new elementary attendance zones on February 21 after months of studying demographic trends, enrollment projections, building capacities and neighborhood feedback. Click here to learn more about the new elementary zones in Carroll ISD.