With new policy changes approved, citizens invited to submit names for new San Marcos CISD elementary school

Perkins+Will released new renderings of the San Marcos CISD future elementary school in December.

Perkins+Will released new renderings of the San Marcos CISD future elementary school in December.

After meeting several times throughout the last few months, a subcommittee of San Marcos CISD trustees received approval on their tweaked facility-naming policy.

The board of trustees voted Monday to adopt the new policy, which comes with a new form for submitting school name suggestions.

The approved policy comes with several minor changes, including removing the word "deceased" when describing after whom a facility can be named, as well as adding that the facility can be named after a corporation or organization that has made a significant contribution to society and/or education.

The board subcommittee also added a line in the policy that states a name would not be considered if the individual, group or organization was not in compliance with the school district's core beliefs and values.

One of the biggest changes to the policy is the new form that citizens must fill out to nominate a person's or organization's name. The form must include biographical data, a significant contribution made by the person or organization being considered and impact statements that show how their services affected citizens' lives.

The new nomination form takes the place of a petition that was previously required for consideration.

The nomination forms will be considered by a board-appointed, seven-member committee, and there are rules—such as conflict of interest—for whether someone can be on the committee.

In the next week or so, trustees will nominate members of the community to serve on the naming committee.

The committee will be tasked with submitting three recommended names to the board by April for the district's new elementary slated to open in summer 2019, and those names will be made public. The board of trustees has the final say on the facility's name.


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