DATE: June 10, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Cale Advisory Committee Will Hold Its Public Comment Meeting Next Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at Albemarle High School
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The community advisory committee that is reviewing the naming of Cale Elementary School will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, June 18, in the Albemarle High School auditorium beginning at 6 p.m. This meeting is for the express purpose of hearing comments from members of the public about the committee’s charge to apply school division values to the naming of schools.
There are 15 schools named for individuals in the school division, and each will be evaluated in light of the naming policy adopted by the School Board earlier this year. Under the terms of the policy, separate advisory committees will be appointed for each school under review.
The School Board directed Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas to undertake a review of the naming of all schools in the division, taking into account how faithful those designations are to the values of the school division. The school division’s strategic plan, adopted in 2012, specifies four core values: excellence, young people, community, and respect.
In the case of the first school being reviewed under the policy, Paul Cale Elementary School, the advisory committee is seeking to learn as much as possible about the period of time when Paul Cale served as superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools. Mr. Cale was appointed to that position in 1947 and served until 1969.
“The committee is eager to hear especially from members of the community who have personal knowledge of that period of time, when the school division was transitioning from a segregated school system to an integrated one,” said John Gray, the committee coordinator. “All points of view not only are welcome, they are important to the committee’s fact-gathering process,” Gray said.
The Cale advisory committee is chaired by former Albemarle County Supervisor Dennis Rooker and includes 12 members who represent Cale educators, parents, and community members who do not have children in the school.
Under the terms of the facilities naming policy, the committee is required to complete its work and forward a recommendation to Dr. Haas within 90 days of its first meeting, which makes August 26 the latest day by which that recommendation should come to the Superintendent. In turn, Dr. Haas will make a recommendation to the School Board on whether the school name should be changed.
If the School Board decides to rename the school, the advisory committee will be reconvened and have an additional 90 days to make a recommendation on a new name to the Superintendent.