Columbia Public Schools asking for help in naming new elementary school

Friday, September 20, 2013 | 7:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools is turning to the community to weigh in on the name for the its new elementary school.

The district's new elementary naming committee approved its five members on Sept. 9, and the committee has until Oct. 14 to submit a name to Peter Stiepleman, the assistant superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.

Construction on the school is set to begin later this month, which will be built north of Muriel Williams Battle High School.

"There's a big interest for the name to have a real relevance to the location of the school," said Lenny Sanchez, a committee member and assistant professor of education at MU. "So we are encouraging people to learn the area's history and nominate people with a big community impact."

The elementary school is set to open for fall 2015. The building is being funded by bonds approved in 2010.

"We want as much community support as possible," Sanchez said, "so we're working hard to publicize this and get name nominations through newsletters, radio and TV shows, and of course it's very easy for folks to nominate names on our website."

People interested in suggesting a name for the new school can download a nomination form from the district's website at

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