Barnes Butte selected as school name

The decision came after school board members considered three names for the new elementary school


At Monday night's Crook County School Board meeting, the board voted four to zero in favor of naming the new elementary school — scheduled to open in September, 2015 — Barnes Butte Elementary.

On April 8, the design committee for the new elementary school met to recommend possible school names to the Crook County School Board.

Committee members Duane Yecha, Jerry Milstead, Jim Bates, Deen Hylton, Patti Norris, Gwen Carr, Dave Robinson, Jeff Papke, Kim Bonner, Michael Shank and Heidi Freeman proposed three names: Barnes Butte, Golden Pine and Highland Rim.

The committee also proposed seven classroom pod names: Summit Prairie, Grizzly Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Crooked River, Ochoco Creek, McKay Creek and Beaver Creek.

Jerry Milstead, project manager for the new school's construction, presented the names to the board at their meeting in Paulina on Monday night.

“Hopefully we can get a consensus from the board as soon as possible,” said Milstead. “If not tonight, at least by the next school board meeting in May.”

Board chair Patti Norris noted that over 30 submissions had been received and she wanted to, on behalf of the board, thank all those who had participated in the process.

In addition to the suggested names from the design committee, the board noted input from residents that had suggested the school be named after James C. Carpenter or Monroe Hodges.

Board member Doug Smith moved that the name Barnes Butte Elementary be selected as the school name and Gwen Carr seconded the motion.

Scott Cooper added that he felt the board should acquiesce to the design committee and accept their recommendations, including the pod names.

The motion passed unanimously, with board member Walt Wagner absent.

As per the design committees' suggestion, the school's mascot will be the Badger, and school colors will be black and silver.

The Central Oregonian's unscientific web-based poll showed 19 votes in favor of Barnes Butte, three votes for Golden Pine, zero votes for Highland Rim and 40 not in favor of any one of the three.




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