Superintendent Postpones Ducketts School Naming Discussion

A committee on naming the school was scheduled to present its findings Oct. 2.

Recommendations for naming the new elementary school on Ducketts Lane, slated for Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, were taken off the agenda at the last minute.

"#HoCo Supt Foose pulls naming of new Elkridge-area elementary school to get more public input, rescheduled for December report," school board member Brian Meshkin posted on Twitter at 4:08 p.m.; the board meeting began at 4 p.m.

At 3:21 p.m., just before the meeting, the Howard County Public School System sent out a call for those interested in joining a committee to name the elementary school.

A committee of 18 already exists, according to a report from the group tasked with naming the elementary school, which was supposed to present its findings at the Oct. 2 meeting.

Since its formation over the summer, the committee convened twice, according to its report, available on the Board of Education's website.

The name for the Ducketts Lane elementary school, which is planned to open by fall 2013, was supposed to incorporate geographic elements and not duplicate another school's name or initials, per the school system's policy.

The name the committee planned to propose was "Stone Bridge Elementary."

At the school board's last meeting in September, Meshkin expressed concern that no one from Elkridge Elementary, one of the major feeder schools for the Ducketts Lane school, had been included in the naming process.

Two people came forward after the September meeting, one from the Elkridge PTA and another from the Ducketts Lane community, saying they had tried to join the committee but were not given information about the meetings.

"We are seeking additional community input," said Rebecca Amani-Dove, spokeswoman for the Howard County Public School System, about Superintendent Renee Foose's decision to delay the discussion about the school's name. "The initial committee did not have representatives from all impacted neighborhoods."

The school naming committee will present a report at the Dec. 3 Board of Education meeting, according to school officials.

There was supposed to be a public hearing on the name Nov. 1 with the school board voting on the name by Dec. 4. According to the school naming committee's report, a principal for the new school will be announced by Dec. 18.

This article was updated to include comment from the school system at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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MEM October 03, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Stone Bridge Elem - I like it! More pleasing to the ear than "Ducketts Lane Elem". I hope it sticks.
Jack October 03, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Now if they would invite the public to participate on a committee to review the abuse and mishandling of our public education system in the east by the hcpss and hold those accountable as well as implement procedures so it never happens again is more important than a name on a bungled school.
Frank in Elkridge October 05, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I wonder how the committee came up with "Stone Bridge"? Was it based on historical/geographical information? .I did a lot of research for my suggestion of "Troy Hill Farm". Some of the internet resources I used are listed at the bottom of this comment. I did to speak to someone on the committee last week, just by chance. That person seemed very surprised at my suggestion. If there was any historical research done, then "Troy Hill Farm" should not have been a surprise at all, IMO. I'm pleased and impressed that the new superintendent decided to restart the process. References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_(Dorsey,_Maryland) http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2004-04-08/news/0404080427_1_national-park-service-troy-thomas-dorsey http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md1690/ http://www.mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?HDID=537&COUNTY=Howard&FROM=NRCountyList.aspx?COUNTY=Howard http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html


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