Bozeman schools ask community to help name new elementary


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following is a news release from Bozeman Public Schools.

"In preparation for the opening of Bozeman's newest elementary school, our District is requesting help from the entire community in choosing a name for the new school. 

As you may recall, we had convened a naming committee over the past few weeks.  The committee requested suggestions from the entire Bozeman community. 

In total more than 80 suggestions were submitted.  While many of the suggestions came from students in the District, there were also several community members who submitted suggestions. 

In a meeting last week, the naming committee researched the suggestions and reached consensus regarding which names would be moved forward for a community vote.

Voting will be conducted using an online process, please go to our website www.bsd7.org and look under the "Latest News" heading at the top of the page.  Voting will occur from now through May 17.  The results of the voting will be presented to the Board of Trustees at a meeting on May 28th.  As per policy, the Board of Trustees will make the final decision for the new school name.

Below is a list of the names recommended by the committee with a short description of each suggestion.

o Aspen Elementary School (Tree local to the area)

o Caroline McGill Elementary School (1879-1959, Montana's first pathologist; helped found the Museum of the Rockies, the School of Nursing at MSU and the 320 Ranch in Gallatin Valley)

o Granite Peak Elementary School (Tallest peak in Montana)

o Ida Davis Elementary School (1879-1962, Gallatin Valley Educator for over 50 years; Gallatin County Superintendent 1910-18; head of English Department and Mathematics Department GCHS; Supervisor of Montana State College 1930-35)

o Jeanette Rankin Elementary School  (Born Missoula 1880-1973, first woman elected to serve in US Congress; Women's Rights Activist - her work helped pass 19th amendment)

o Meadowlark Elementary School (State bird of Montana; indigenous bird well-known for its cheerful call)

o Mike Mansfield Elementary School (1903-2001, US Navy, Army & Marine Corps; MSU Professor of History & Political Science; US Congressman; Longest Senate Majority Leader 1961-77; Longest serving American ambassador to Japan 1977-88; Presidential Medal of Freedom)

o Robert Frost Elementary School (American Poet regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life; received four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry; read a poem at John F. Kennedy's Inauguration)

o Spanish Peaks Elementary School (Oldest peaks in the Madison Range composed of 76,000 acres; full of rugged alpine peaks, abundant wildlife, hidden lakes & miles of forest)

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