DATE: July 26, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Third Meeting of the Cale Renaming Advisory Committee Is This Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m.
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – The third meeting of the Cale Renaming Advisory Committee will be held this Tuesday evening, July 30, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be in Room 241 in the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.
In accordance with the finalized agenda for the meeting, the advisory committee will hear from members of the Cale family and specific community members who are former Albemarle County Public Schools students.
The committee has scheduled a fourth meeting for August 15, at which time it will make a decision regarding the recommendation it will make to Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas.
The committee was authorized by a School Board resolution last fall that, in part, directed Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas to “review our current policy on the naming of school buildings and facilities for the purpose of adding school division values to the criteria for such naming,” and “undertake a review of the naming of all schools in the division taking into account how faithful those designations are to the values of our school division.”
That directive led to a revised policy for the naming of school facilities that the School Board adopted on January 24 of this year. The revised policy provides for an advisory committee to meet “as needed with a goal of presenting its findings to the Superintendent or designee within three months of the first committee meeting. During this three-month period, the committee will conduct at least one community meeting to provide an update on their work and to solicit feedback.”
An addition to the policy in March included values as a criteria.
“The naming of public buildings and how that impacts a community has received a great deal of attention from school divisions and municipalities all across our nation,” committee chair Dennis Rooker said. “As the School Board noted in their resolution, this examination of Cale Elementary School will not be an examination of an individual, but an examination of community values,” he said.
The Cale advisory committee 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, 2019, 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’s name should be changed.
If the School Board decides to rename the school, the advisory committee will reconvene and have an additional 90 days to make a recommendation on a new name to the Superintendent.