Naming process kicks off for seven new Gwinnett school learning communities









Naming process kicks off for seven new Gwinnett school learning communities

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has begun the school district’s process to name seven new schools scheduled to open come August of 2010 and 2011. The school system invites Gwinnett community members and organizations to participate in the school naming process by providing their input. Out of the eight new schools listed below, Gwinnett citizens can participate in helping to create the identity of the seven facilities that have not yet been named.

Opening in 2010:
New Central Gwinnett Cluster Elementary – 12 Village Way in Lawrenceville

New Peachtree Ridge Cluster Elementary – 3221 Burnette Rd. in Suwanee

New Berkmar/Meadowcreek Area Elementary – 1755 Centerview Dr. in Duluth

New North Gwinnett Cluster Elementary – 251 Buford Highway in Suwanee

New South Gwinnett Cluster Middle – 3800 Brushy Fork Rd. in Loganville

New Shiloh Cluster Elementary – 4521 Centerville Highway in Snellville

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology – 970 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville
(This school already has a name and will keep that name as it moves to its permanent location from the Duluth High campus where it first opened in August of 2007.)

Opening in 2011:
New Central Gwinnett Cluster Middle – 1221 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville

Suggestions from the public will be gathered by school naming committees which have been formed within the cluster where the new school will be built. All committees include one school staff member and one parent and/or community member from each school in the area of the new school. These committees will develop a list of recommended names to submit to the superintendent. The committee recommendations take into account available research and follow the school system’s policy for naming new facilities. In making their recommendations, the committees give consideration to:

Individuals who have made a significant social contribution (If an individual’s name is proposed, only the last name would be considered the official name.)
- Names of communities served by the school
- Roads
- Landmarks
- Geographical locations in the proximity of the school

The form to submit names for consideration is available below and at the local schools within the clusters where the new schools will be built. The deadline to submit public input on potential names for the new schools is February 25, 2009.
school naming input form.pdf New School Naming Input Form in Spanish.pdf
The school naming committees will review and submit their recommendations to the CEO/Superintendent on March 5. Mr. Wilbanks will review the recommendations and submit his recommendation to the School Board for its consideration at the scheduled meeting on March 12.