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Cale Advisory Committee Will Hear From Public on Preferred New Name for School

DATE: December 9, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
PHONE: 434-972-4049

On Tuesday, December 10, Cale Community Advisory Committee Will Hear From Public on Preferred New Name for School

(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The Cale Community Advisory Committee, which will recommend a new name for the school to the Albemarle County School Board early next month, will hear from the public on Tuesday evening.

At a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, the floor will be open to comments from community members about the six names under consideration by the advisory committee. Last month, advisory committee members reviewed nearly 550 suggestions from the public before deciding that the school’s new name should be either Avon, Avon Ridge, Biscuit Run, Mill Creek, Mountain View, or Southside.

In accordance with the School Board’s policy, the committee is required to make their recommendation within 90 days of the Board’s decision to change the school’s name, which in the case of Cale Elementary School is January 10.

Following Tuesday evening’s meeting, the advisory committee will meet on Wednesday, January 8, to make its decision on the name it will recommend to the School Board. The School Board will make the final determination of the school’s new name.

People unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting can follow proceedings via live video stream at http://streaming.k12albemarle.org/ACPS/player.htm?xml/caesevents.xml. They also can send comments to the advisory committee at RenameCaleSchool@k12albemarle.org. The meeting will offer simultaneous Spanish translation for those in attendance.

“I want again to thank all of the students, parents and staff who suggested names for our consideration,” said Dennis Rooker, the chair of the Community Advisory Committee. “Input from the public will continue to be important to us in meeting our responsibilities to the Cale community and to the School Board in recommending a new name for the school,” he said.

The community advisory committee includes three parents of Cale students and two members of the Cale community who do not have children now attending the school. Also serving on the committee are two teachers from the school, the school’s associate principal, and its principal. The committee is chaired by Rooker, a former Albemarle County Supervisor, and also includes the school division’s Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment, Dr. Bernard Hairston.

The committee began meeting in May and reviewed records, documents and interviews with members of the Cale family and with educators and students who worked in or attended Albemarle County Public Schools during the years when Paul Cale was Superintendent. It held three public meetings leading up to the decision of the School Board to change the name of the school.

The school, which originally was to be named Southside Elementary School, was renamed for Paul Cale in time for its opening in 1990. Cale served as superintendent of schools from 1947 until 1969, and a plaque to be displayed in the school will note this fact.

At its meeting on October 25, 2018, the School Board directed Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas to review the policy on the naming of school buildings and facilities and to add school division values to the naming criteria. The superintendent also was directed to review the names of all schools currently named for individuals to ensure they met the new criteria. The review of Cale Elementary School followed that direction.

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