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Crook County School District asking for public input on naming new theme elementary school

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Jim Bates stands at the front door of the location of the new theme elementary school. The school will be located at 641 E. First St., Prineville.

Beginning the last week of January, Crook County School District officials engaged the community to provide input in naming the new elementary art, technology and adventure theme school that will open in September 2020 at the Pioneer Complex in downtown Prineville.

The online survey will provide community members an opportunity to weigh in on the name, mascot and school colors for the new theme school. The online survey is open through Friday, Feb. 21.

"This is a community school, and we want the community to be in on naming this unique learning place," said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson.

Once the survey closes, the superintendent will compile a list that meets board policy and share the top selections with the CCSD Board of Directors. The board will select from among the top choices. Board members will decide on the final selection during the March 9 CCSD board meeting.

School district policy requires that names given to schools must reflect geographical or natural features, locations, and the historical identity of the community, the subdivision in which it is located, or other locally relevant characteristics or attributes. The school may not be named after a person.

Jim Bates has been assigned as the future principal of the new theme school.

"We are right in the middle of collecting public input regarding the naming of the school," commented Bates. "It's an activity in progress, and we are excited to see the results of that and get the community's input, so the superintendent can gather that together and provide it to the board."

A link to the survey is also on the CCSD website and Facebook pages. Paper copies of the survey are available at the CCSD school district office and the Crook County Library on Meadow Lakes Drive.

The online survey has three questions and asks for recommendations for the name of the school, the school mascot, and the school colors.

"I am excited to get as much community input as we can for the school name," said Bates. "We did that often with the construction of Barnes Butte. It's my desire to ramp that up."

The theme-based school will likely enroll 240 kindergarten through fourth grade students the first year.

The school will focus on art, technology and adventure learning and will open in the East First Street Pioneer South building, which for decades housed Crooked River Elementary primary students. Parents will have an opportunity to apply this spring if they would like their children to attend the school.

"It's always our goal to try make as many community connections as possible," concluded Bates. "That's the current case at all of our schools. That was certainly the case as we opened Barnes Butte. Our lessons learned there just reinforced that we want to look for any opportunity to engage the town."

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To access the survey online, go to https://forms.gle/Gz7mpQw8TMJWJrFK8

A link to the survey is also on the CCSD Facebook pages. Paper copies of the survey are available at the CCSD school district office and the Crook County Library on Meadow Lakes Drive.


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