Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Board to discuss building names

August 16, 2007

Given the public's attachment to district buildings, it's not too early to start thinking about names for new additions.

Eudora Schools Superintendent Marty Kobza told the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education Thursday as much during its regularly scheduled meeting.

If a proposed $45 million bond referendum passes, the district would build a new elementary school, auditorium and stadium facility along with other projects.

That would mean both Kerr Field and Laws Field would be put to secondary uses, and Nottingham Elementary School would no longer be used as an attendance center.

"What would you like to see happen with those names?" Kobza said.

There are several options open to the board, Kobza said.

There's the possibility of keeping Nottingham's name for the new school or for a specific building or wing within the building.

The district also could have separate names for the new stadium and new field, Kobza said.

"I think there are a lot of options, and I think it's something to really get out and discuss in depth," Kobza said.

Kobza suggested Thursday wasn't the time to start the in-depth discussion, but instead the focus should beon the process of naming the new buildings.

"It is going to be an important fact if the bond passes how you approach and how you think about that," Kobza said.

It's important to get public input on naming facilities as well, Kobza said. In the coming weeks, the district plans to form a committee with board representatives, district staff and community members, he said.

The committee would form recommendations on names and fuel further discussion.

The board took no specific action on the topic.

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