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Update on Naming of New School

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Update on Naming of New School

Postby Arlene Silveira » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:07 am

Hi - Last night at the Board meeting, we made some modifications to the policy for the naming of a new school. Now a school can be named after any of the following:

A prominent national or local figure who is deceased (does not matter how long they have been deceased)

A locally significant geographic site

A place of local significance

An idea or concept which represents a broadly respected community value

On August 13 we'll talk about the possible involvement of a community-based naming committee in the process. Following that discussion, we should be ready to open up the process to accepting new name nominations.

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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby The Tolerator » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:10 am

Arlene Silveira wrote:Hi - Last night at the Board meeting, we made some modifications to the policy for the naming of a new school. Now a school can be named after any of the following:

A prominent national or local figure who is deceased (does not matter how long they have been deceased)

A locally significant geographic site

A place of local significance

An idea or concept which represents a broadly respected community value

On August 13 we'll talk about the possible involvement of a community-based naming committee in the process. Following that discussion, we should be ready to open up the process to accepting new name nominations.

Arlene Silveira


You missed one more category.

Why not include naming after a beloved pet of an area resident? Or even a famous person.

Sparky Middle School has a nice ring.
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Postby jjoyce » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:20 am

I just don't understand all this consternation about an elementary school name, particularly when the most venerable institutions in this town have purely geographic names (University of Wisconsin, West High, East High, Madison Area Technical College, etc.). Even better, schools in NYC are simply numbered, and that seems to work out okay.

I went to Gatewood for elementary school. Our rival was Glen Lake. Kids down the street when to Woodland. My kid goes to Park. Some of his buds go to Sunset Ridge. Others go to West Middleton. For middle school, he'll go to Glacier Ridge or Creek or whatever.

Yes, those are boring. But school is boring, so the name might as well reflect that. Georgia O'Keeffe was an overrated painter, Cesar Chavez school was built by a non-union shop and those schools would be just as good or bad if they were numbered or named after native plant species.
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Postby Dulouz » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:34 am

Let's take it a step further and use the naming rights to help fund the schools. I am sure the the Goodman Brothers and Lussier family would make a great contest to see how many schools the could each get.
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby pulsewidth modulation » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:30 pm

Arlene Silveira wrote:Hi - Last night at the Board meeting, we made some modifications to the policy for the naming of a new school. Now a school can be named after any of the following:

An idea or concept which represents a broadly respected community value


Celebrating War Lords is "An idea or concept which represents a broadly respected community value?" OK.

Why don't you just name the new school Shut-up and let us think, we are the educated ones Elementary.
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby Jesse Russell » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:59 pm

Arlene Silveira wrote:A prominent national or local figure who is deceased (does not matter how long they have been deceased)


Stephen Colbert is going to be so mad.
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:15 pm

Arlene Silveira wrote:Last night at the Board meeting, we made some modifications to the policy for the naming of a new school...
On August 13 we'll talk about the possible involvement of a community-based naming committee in the process. Following that discussion, we should be ready to open up the process to accepting new name nominations.


Talk, talk, talk.
I am flabbergasted that it takes more than three meetings to even get to the point where you can begin to discuss nominating names!

I'm with Joyce - this is so exceedingly unimportant that the idea that intelligent adults with better things to do are wasting all this energy not just determining what to name a school, but what the process by which you can even begin to consider how to name a school... I just lost my train of thought because this whole thing is so damn stupid.

Problem Solved: From now on, there will be no discussion and no nominations. Here is a list of Wisconsin birds. Start at the top and work your way through. No discussion necessary. Yeeesh!
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:26 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote: Here is a list of Wisconsin birds. Start at the top and work your way through. No discussion necessary.

Tufted Titmouse Elementary School. That's the ticket.
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:30 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote: Here is a list of Wisconsin birds. Start at the top and work your way through. No discussion necessary.

Tufted Titmouse Elementary School. That's the ticket.

Dammit!
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Re: Update on Naming of New School

Postby mrak » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:41 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Tufted Titmouse Elementary School. That's the ticket.

Hells yeah. The kids'll absolutely love that one!
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Postby snoqueen » Tue Jul 10, 2007 1:47 pm

Actually, there's the seed of a good idea in Tufted Titmouse.

Elementary schools get named after tiny critters/plants/whatever.

Middle schools get named after medium-size ones.

High schools get named after larger ones.

The size categories are flexible guidelines, not needing further definition.

Gigantic critters/animals etc are excluded (sequoia is already a library, and nobody wants to go to Whale School).

Extinct critters/animals are OK, as are extant ones. You get to use botanical or common names, too. The species does not have to live in Wisconsin. It should just be interesting and easy to depict on t-shirts.

This way, you could have Dandelion or Cecropia Moth Elementary, Salmon or Date Palm Middle School, and Quercus Alba or Pterodactyl High.

Arguing about the appropriateness of animals and plants would be reduced because nobody would feel personally slighted if we ruled out a particular species that just sounded goofy like Tufted Titmouse. And nobody could claim their own identity-group was being ignored, because we're not doing identity-groups at all so that's off the table.

Listen, it's nowhere near as silly as trying to make the Dead White Men method socially acceptable. We have better things to do.
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Postby Jesse Russell » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:13 pm

I'd like to nominate Slaughter Elementary in honor of James Slaughter who plotted out the city of Madison and Middleton.
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Postby dudemeister » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:14 pm

snoqueen wrote:Arguing about the appropriateness of animals and plants would be reduced because nobody would feel personally slighted if we ruled out a particular species that just sounded goofy like Tufted Titmouse. And nobody could claim their own identity-group was being ignored, because we're not doing identity-groups at all so that's off the table.


But think of the "furries" concerns, won't you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom#Sex_and_furry_fandom?
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Postby Marvell » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:49 pm

I'm pulling for Bastard Toadflax Elementary.

Just think - their sports teams could be the 'Fighting Bastards!'
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Postby missmadtown » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:16 pm

Dulouz wrote:Let's take it a step further and use the naming rights to help fund the schools. I am sure the the Goodman Brothers and Lussier family would make a great contest to see how many schools the could each get.


Who is John H. "Jack" Lussier, where did he come from and how did he get all this money? How much of Evjue money is Lussier money and vice versa? Could there be a legal limit on how many things in one city can be named for the "Lussier Family"? Why is his washboard band named "Checked Past"?
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