Chesterfield School Board seeks input on naming of new elementary school

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In the spring of 2019, the School Board approved the inclusion of a new 360 West corridor elementary school in its already approved Capital Improvements Plan.

This new elementary school, being built in the Magnolia Green neighborhood in the Matoaca District and scheduled to open in Fall 2022, will help relieve student enrollment capacity issues at Grange Hall and Winterpock elementary schools. Potential school attendance zones will be discussed in the coming months.

The school division will begin producing school and construction signs soon, which means the new 360 West corridor elementary school needs a name. As part of their commitment to engaging constituents, the School Board is soliciting potential school names for consideration.

When considering potential school names, residents are asked to keep in mind:

  • In seeking to create an inclusive environment, the majority of new schools that have opened during the past 15 years have geographical connections (but not specific neighborhood names).
  • Absent extraordinary circumstances, School Board Policy 6160 states that schools cannot be named after living individuals and any person whom a school is named after must have been deceased for 10

All Chesterfield County residents are welcome to share a school name recommendation by visiting bit.ly/NameNew360WestSchool and filling out the form between Oct. 26 and Nov. 6.

Upon collection of submitted names, the school division will work with PTA leaders at Grange Hall and Woolridge elementary schools and narrow suggestions down to three names. In December, the School Board will announce the name finalists and seek public comment.

The School Board is expected to vote on the new 360 West corridor school name at its Jan. 12, 2021 meeting.


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