Frederick County Public Schools will use a second survey to help determine the eventual name of a new elementary school.
The unnamed east county elementary school is slated for construction in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West community and is scheduled to open in August 2021.
The district’s School Name Recommendation Committee reviewed an initial survey, which closed April 22, historical documents and community suggestions to narrow the list of potential names to eight.
The eight names are:
- Blue Heron Elementary
- Copper Mine Elementary
- Eaglehead Elementary
- Lakeside Elementary
- Linganore Elementary
- Linganore Creek Elementary
- Sunrise Elementary
- Woodland Elementary
The second survey will narrow the list down to three names. The committee will present three recommendations to the Board of Education in June.
The board can name schools after historical events or geographical features, according to a policy the board adopted in 2007 and revised in 2016.
However, the board cannot name a school after a person, according to the same policy. Gov. Thomas Johnson High School and Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School were both grandfathered in under the policy.
The east county elementary school project is in response to crowded schools in that area of the county. The school, which will be built on a 15-acre lot on Gas House Pike, will aim to alleviate crowding at elementary schools including Deer Crossing Elementary, which is at 134 percent capacity.
The project is one of several new elementary schools approved by the board of education in Educational Facilities Master Plan in June 2018. The plan includes four new elementary school projects: Sugarloaf Elementary School, which opened at the beginning of the school year, the east county area elementary school, a yet-to-be-named north Frederick city area elementary school and another yet-to-be-named south Frederick area elementary school.
The survey can be completed at fcps.org/eastcountyname.