Fort Bend ISD is encouraging members of the public to submit suggestions for the names of two new district schools.

The two new schools scheduled for this naming cycle include an elementary school, which will be located in the Riverstone area, and a high school, which will be located south of Hwy. 6 and east of FM 521.

Those interested in nominating names for the new schools must complete an online form by March 10. Participants will be asked to submit a brief paragraph justifying their nomination, including biographical and historical relevance. More information and the online submission forms can be found here.

"I've received many emails—and I'm sure other board members have—around what names these new schools should be," trustee Addie Heyliger said at the Feb. 22 board meeting. "[There's] a lot of buzz around the naming of our schools."

Additionally, the FBISD board of trustees, along with district staff, are assembling a school naming committee for each new school. Both committees will be composed of 10-15 members, including district staff members, a trustee, teachers from nearby schools, students, parents, business partners and community members, Superintendent Charles Dupre said. Dupre also said it is important to have members of the committee with an understanding of the area and community's history.

"I do think we have to be careful when we are talk about some of these areas—especially Elementary No. 53—because those are much newer areas, so I think it's difficult to find people that have real history with the district," said trustee Dave Rosenthal, who has served on previous naming committees. "I will tell you that at some of these meetings, there were people that knew the people whose names were being proposed for some of the buildings, and it was very helpful to hear personal testimonials on some of these candidates."

Dupre said the district hopes to bring the names of the new schools to the board for approval in April.