List of Names Topping Survey for New Charter School Has a Common Theme: Community; Public Meeting Next Monday to Help Narrow the List to Three Finalists

Community was an overwhelming theme in the results of an online survey to help select the name of the school division’s new charter school. The online survey was completed last week and generated nearly 618 replies. The school currently enrolls 158 students in grades 6-12.

In addition to Murray Community School, which was preferred by 59.9 percent of survey participants, the Community School of Albemarle was supported by 33.2 percent of those responding. Other names in the top five included Lab School of Albemarle (30.1 percent); Community School of Innovation (21.7 percent); and Rivanna Community School (20.2 percent).

All of these names and others included in the survey will be the subject of an online community conversation next Monday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. Any member of the school community will have the opportunity to comment on the survey results or the naming process.

The survey was conducted by the volunteer community advisory committee that will recommend a school name to Dr. Matthew Haas, the division’s Superintendent. Dr. Haas will make a recommendation to the School Board, which will make a final decision on the school’s name.

The advisory committee conducted an earlier online survey of its school community, including parents, staff and students, to generate naming suggestions and selected 10 of those names for the community’s consideration.

Those wishing to join the public meeting next Monday can tune into the livestream through the ACPS Media Streams page. Anyone interested in sharing their opinions during the meeting should register in advance with the community advisory committee at SchoolNamingReview@k12albemarle.org. Registrants will receive a link that will allow them to address committee members and the meeting audience.

“It’s not often that those who attend or serve in a school have the opportunity to help select its name,” said Stephanie Passman, the chair of the volunteer advisory committee and the charter school’s Head Teacher. “We have been privileged from the beginning of our work to have so many members of our community interested and passionate about choosing a name for our new school. It offers all of us the chance to think about our school’s values and purpose,” she added.

Following next week’s meeting, the committee will narrow the list of names under consideration to three and then chose one to be submitted to Dr. Haas.

The advisory committee includes parents of current students, parents from feeder schools, local residents who do not have children enrolled in the school at the present time, teachers, and staff and students. Information on the community advisory committee, community survey results, and news reports can be accessed on the School Naming Review: Murray High School web page.

The new school was formed last year when the School Board approved the merger of the charter middle and high schools to form one school, serving students in grades 6-12.


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