Education, Politics

Naming process for new northeast Baltimore County elementary school begins

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsBeginning Monday, Baltimore County Public Schools invites the public to submit names for the new elementary school under construction near the intersection of Joppa Road and Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall.

Nominations begin Monday, October 16, 2017, and will close on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to use the online form to submit names. Nominations are open to all citizens, including BCPS staff, students, parents, and community members. Citizens may submit more than one name.

“Perry Hall is known for its pride, strong families, and amazing schools,” said Charlene Behnke, principal of the new school. “We are excited to offer our community another great place to learn. I’m anxious to hear from everyone as we select the perfect name for this school.”

After the nomination period concludes, two top choices will be submitted to the Superintendent of Baltimore County schools for review and compliance with policy. Final considerations will be submitted by the Superintendent for recommendation to the Board of Education.

All submissions must meet school system criteria to be eligible for consideration. For example, the Board of Education may name a school after:

• A community, subdivision or street on which the school is located
• The geographic location of the school
• A significant and distinguishable landmark, which can assist in locating the general area of the school
• A deceased, prominent person who has made an outstanding contribution of service to Baltimore County, the State of Maryland, or to the United States.

Full criteria are contained in Baltimore County Board of Education Policy and Rule 7520 regarding the naming of a new school.

The new elementary school will open to students in September 2018. The new school sits in the heart of Perry Hall on Joppa Road. Perry Hall’s history dates back to the 1700s with several prominent families responsible for its founding and growth over hundreds of years. The Honeygo Run, a local stream, flows adjacent to the school site and extends toward White Marsh Mall.

Residents can participate in the survey by clicking here.

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