DISD seeks name ideas

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Got an idea for a school facility name?

Officials with the Denton school district want to hear it.

The district began accepting nominations this week for naming future facilities, including a new school under construction in the Lantana area that is now known only as Elementary School No. 22. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31, and district officials say they intend to post information for nomination forms on the district website.

After the bond package was passed by voters in November, people now have several opportunities to name a district facility, said Robert Bostic, assistant superintendent for academic programs.

People with ideas for facility names they would like to nominate are encouraged to view district policy “CW” online by visiting http://bit.ly/1cEog18.

“Please feel free to submit those names,” he said.

According to district policy, a 45-day window is opened twice a year, in September and January, to accept nominations for the naming of new, existing or proposed district facilities. Written nominations, on a form provided by the district, should be submitted to the superintendent’s office.

District guidelines state that facilities “shall generally be named for a street or geographic area within the district, a historical site, or a deceased person who has made a significant contribution to society as may be deemed appropriate by the board. A facility shall generally not be named after an individual who was a student at the time of his or her death unless approved by the board.”

Bostic said the school board could consider a name for the new elementary school, being built in the Lantana area, as early as February.

The district also is planning to construct a high school, two additional elementary schools, a middle school and a ninth-grade addition at Guyer High School.

Bostic said the current bank for district facility names has nearly 30 names. All names nominated are kept by the district, he said.

Local residents publicly suggested the names of Alice Alexander and Dorothy Adkins at recent school board meetings.

Alexander, who died in 2007 at age 100, taught kindergarten and first grade in the Denton school district for 45 years and was the daughter of Fred Moore, a civic leader and the city's first African-American principal. A high school is already named after Moore.

Adkins co-founded the Grandparents in Schools program, served on the Denton school board and taught at Ginnings Elementary School for more than a decade.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.


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