Columbia elementary school name nominations to open back up

Friday, November 8, 2013 | 3:07 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A naming committee for Columbia Public Schools will reopen nominations for what to call an elementary school being built in northeast Columbia. Name nominations for a second elementary school and an early childhood center also are being accepted.

The elementary school, north of Battle High School, had its groundbreaking Oct. 30.

The committee received more than 30 nominations through mid-October and picked the top four names through a point system. The points were determined by a rubric the committee created earlier this year.

The next step at a meeting Thursday would have been to rank the names and choose the one with the highest number of points.

"The bottom line is that they (committee members) did not make a recommendation but instead accepted the Board of Education's request to make nominations for the new elementary school at Battle, the new elementary school south of town and the new early childhood center," said Peter Stiepleman, assistant superintendent for elementary education and head of the committee.

The nomination process will reopen Monday and close Nov. 22, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said. Citizens can post their nominations on the district's website.

Recommendations for the names are set to be made in January.

The two new elementary schools are being built to ease overcrowding in existing elementary schools. The northeast school is set to open for fall 2015, and the southwest school is scheduled to open for fall 2016. The early childhood education facility will be built on Lange Middle School's property.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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