School Naming Review
The School Division's Continuing Review of Schools Named for Individuals
At its meeting on January 24, the Albemarle County School Board formally approved changing the name of Cale Elementary School to Mountain View Elementary School, effective July 1. The Board’s action supported the recommendations of the Cale Community Advisory Committee, Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas and members of the Cale School Community.
The Superintendent announced at the meeting that Sutherland Middle School will be the next school to have its name reviewed by a community advisory committee.
In addition to Cale and Sutherland, 12 other schools in the division that are named for individuals will have their names reviewed by community advisory committees that represent their school.
These include seven elementary schools—Agnor-Hurt, Baker-Butler, Broadus Wood, Greer, Meriwether Lewis, Murray and Stone-Robinson. There also are four other middle schools named for individuals—Burley, Henley, Jouett and Walton. One high school—Murray, also is named for an individual.
The process to review the names of schools that are named for individuals dates back to the School Board’s October 25, 2018 meeting in which Dr. Haas was directed to review the policy on the naming of school buildings and facilities and to add school division values to the naming criteria. He also was directed to use the new criteria in reviewing the names of all school named for individuals. Cale was the first school to have its name reviewed.
The School Board decision to change the name of Cale supported the recommendations of the Cale Community Advisory Committee, Superintendent Haas and members of the Cale School Community. In a school-wide survey, in-school voting and in a suggestion box, Mountain View was the overwhelming choice of students, staff and parents.
The first meeting of the Sutherland Community Advisory Committee is scheduled for February.