The new Baltimore County elementary school being built near Timonium will open about 80 years after a one-room school house named the Mays Chapel Public School closed.
So should county school officials adopt the old new for the new building or break with tradition and name it after a locally famous person? Or should it just have the name of the street it is on?
County school board members are soliciting ideas from the public in coming up with a new name for the school on Padonia Road. But there are some limitations. The board only names schools for a community, subdivision or street nearby: the geographic location of the school, a signficant landmark that will locate the general areas of the school or a deceased, prominent person who has made an outstanding contribution to Baltimore County, Maryland or the United States.
Nominations for the name may be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 18 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any citizen, including BCPS staff, students, parents and community members, are encouraged to submit a name.
The final decision is made by the school board.
Full criteria are contained in Baltimore County Board of Education Policy/Rule 7520 regarding the naming of a new school. The policy may be viewed at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/policies/7000Series/POL7520.pdf and the rule at http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/rules/7000Series/RULE7520.pdf.