We are excited to hear from our community. 

Rochester Public Schools is building a new elementary school, part of our 2019 referendum plan. Of course, you already know this because you're here to rank the top five names (finalists).

Situated in the Boulder Ridge area off of Granite Drive NW and Overland Drive NW, this new elementary school will be the District's 17th building to serve students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. 

Here is a reminder of the process so far:
✔️1) Community members submitted names between October 19 - November 1, 2020 (at 11:59 PM). There were three categories and specific criteria each name needed to meet to be considered to move to the next round. 
✔️2) A volunteer group of individuals from the Facilities Task Force and the Elementary and Middle School Design Teams reviewed the names that met the categories and criteria in early November.

Here are the next steps in the process:
HAPPENING NOW: 3) The community will have a chance to rank their favorite names from five between November 16 - 29, 2020.
4) The School Board will receive the top two community recommendations and then vote on the official name of the school in December 2020.

Question Title

* 1. Please rank the following five names 1 through 5, with 1 being your most favorite name and 5 being your least favorite name. You will find the supporting information for the name choice beneath the options.

Supporting Information

Henry Plummer Elementary School: Dr. Henry Plummer was a brilliant physician and engineer. Exemplifies life-long learning and achievement for the betterment of his local community and the world. Strong Rochester connection. Dr. Plummer was a SE MN native that made revolutionary medical and engineering innovations right here in Rochester.

Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School: We hope to judge all students by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. He was able to influence society in a huge way without losing his integrity or demoralizing his values. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The time is always right to do what is right - one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Advocated for Civil Rights. During this time of the BLM movement and separation in our country naming this school after Martin Luther King Jr. would be a symbol of hope, we have to follow in his footsteps with his teachings in our community and nation.

Overland Elementary School: Overland Drive is the name of the roadway that connects the community to this school. 

Sarah Burger Stearns:  She was a committed reformer dedicated to the cause of women’s rights. She founded one of Minnesota’s first suffrage organizations, the Rochester Woman Suffrage Association, in her home city of Rochester.

Wóksape: This is the Dakota word for wisdom. This would be a way to honor the indigenous people of this area. Both the Dakota and RPS value gaining wisdom through education and experience.

Don't forget to check-in on the progress of the new Elementary school. We appreciate your engagement and look forward to our continued community collaboration.

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Rendering of the NW Elementary School

Rendering of the NW Elementary School