School naming nomination deadline approaches nm

15 May School naming nomination deadline is May 31

The start of the 2017-18 school year will be an exciting time as the Clark County School District (CCSD) will open the doors to six brand new elementary schools when classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

The six new schools include:

  • Shelly Berkley Elementary School
  • Jan Jones Blackhurst Elementary School
  • Marzano Academy at Lomie G. Heard Elementary School
  • Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School
  • Josh Stevens Elementary School
  • Billy and Rosemary Vassiliadis Elementary School

A seventh new school – Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School, is expected to open by mid-year of the 2017-18 school year.

These seven schools are just the start of many new schools that will be built during the next few years under the 2015 Capital Improvement Plan. Whenever CCSD opens new elementary and middle schools, they are named after people who have made tremendous contributions to furthering education and the community.

“Being selected as a namesake is the highest honor bestowed by CCSD and now is the time to submit nominations for the next round of schools that will be constructed,” said Nicole Rourke, associate superintendent of Community and Government Relations.

Between now and May 31, CCSD is seeking nominations for people to be considered as possible school namesakes. There will be five new namesakes chosen later this year for the elementary schools that will open at the start of the 2018-19 school year

“Thanks to the support of our community and elected officials, we have the opportunity to build and open new schools to meet the needs of our growing area,” said Rourke. “This provides us with the ability to recognize those who have made a significant difference in education in Clark County.”

CCSD currently has 351 schools and has tremendous diversity in the namesakes that have been chosen.

“There are schools that have been named after educators, law enforcement persons, elected officials, education advocates, a firefighter and even a few schools that have been named after students who passed away way too soon, but made tremendous impacts while they were with us,” said CCSD Board of School Trustee Board President Deanna Wright, who serves as chair of the School Name Committee that makes the final recommendations for namesakes.

To learn more about the namesake nomination process, click here.

To learn more about the 2015 Capital Improvement Program, click here.