This webpage will be continually updated with information about the 2020 Jefferson Elementary School Renaming Process.
School Board Action to Discontinue the Name Jefferson
On July 1, 2020, the School Board voted to discontinue the name “Jefferson” for the elementary school. The Information item and board discussion and vote can be watched online beginning about minute 2:10:44 in the archived video. The presentation and documents are online as Board item 12.1.
The board action followed a commitment to change the names of Jefferson and Washington School as part of the Board Resolution In Support of Black Lives Matter, and builds upon a history of community efforts to rename Jefferson school. Linked here are records from 2003-2005, 2017-18 and 2020.
Timeline for Process and Board Decision
The process for renaming follows Board Policy 7310 for Facilities Naming and Renaming. An Advisory Committee was formed to work with the Superintendent and school community to solicit and review potential new names for the school. The Naming Advisory Committee also supports the education and engagement process for discussing top names with the school community, before the Superintendent’s recommendation of a name to the Board for their decision at a Board meeting (tentatively scheduled for December 2, 2020).
School community meetings include: a June 22 Town Hall to explain the renaming process, a webinar that will become available September 11 for additional details on the process, with options for feedback on naming criteria, and a meeting on September 17 at 7:00 pm as part of the launch of soliciting name suggestions, with an online submission form which will be available September 18 through September 28. Please return to this webpage for updated links as they become available.
Outreach and school community engagement will include the online form for name suggestions, school focus groups, surveys, classroom discussions, learning materials about the top list of names, and a school community meeting in early-mid November to discuss the top name candidates. By the end of November, the Advisory Committee will provide a summary of the community discussions and a recommendation for a top name or names to the Superintendent, who will then bring forward a recommendation for Board decision on December 2, 2020.
As work progresses, links will be provided below:
Webinars and Meeting Links
September 11 Record Webinar and Slides
September 17 Webinar – live at 7:00 pm
School Name Suggestions Form
Available Sept 17-27: Click here to suggest a name.
List of All Name Suggestions, and Top 6 Names
Available early October
Learning Materials for Top 6 Names
Available mid October – mid November
Recommendation and Board Decision
Available November 28 – December 2