At the Jan. 20 regular board meeting, Superintendent Ken Gregorski announced the KISD Naming Advisory Committee has proposed naming the new school after Peter McElwain, a KISD architect and planner who retired in 2017.
McElwain joined district staff in 1998 and developed KISD’s facilities and planning department, Gregorski said.
Under McElwain's leadership, KISD built 25 elementary, nine junior high and six high schools as well as performing arts centers, administrative buildings, and facilities for outdoor and agricultural learning, Gregorski said.
In retirement, McElwain is a children’s book author and illustrator, Gregorski said.
A community forum to receive feedback on the proposed name will be held Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. A location was not provided.
The proposed name will be brought back to the board to approve at the Feb. 24 regular board meeting.
The $35.7 million campus—funded by the 2017 voter-approved bond— held a groundbreaking ceremony in May. It will provide enrollment relief to Bethke Elementary School.
It is estimated to have nearly 850 students enrolled in 2020, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Ted Vierling said in a Jan. 20 presentation related to the 2020 community bond advisory committee.