A member of the public could be the brains behind the name of the new east county elementary school.

On Monday, Frederick County Public Schools released a survey for suggestions on naming the school. Participants are asked to provide a suggested name and rationale.

School naming is guided by a Frederick County Board of Education policy stating that schools should be named after historical events or local geography. While the school system has four schools named after people — Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle and High School, Lincoln Elementary School and, technically, Frederick High School — new schools are not allowed to be named after people.

The policy on avoiding naming a new building was adopted in 2003. The practice helps avoid controversy, said board President Brad Young.

“We’ve stayed away from naming schools after people, which has its pitfalls,” Young said. “In today’s world ... with all the things that are going on in the world, naming things after somebody is risky.”

The board has asked for public input on previous school developments, such as Butterfly Ridge Elementary School and Sugarloaf Elementary School, Young said. The best suggestions include references to what make the site or the area unique, he said.

FCPS created a School Name Recommendation Committee to help with the process. The group will present three name recommendations to the Board of Education later this year. Susan Verdi, Tuscarora Elementary School literacy specialist, chairs the committee along with local community members and parents. The committee will narrow the suggestions to five to 10 names. Verdi could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The east county elementary school project is in response to the growing crowding problem in eastern Frederick County. The school, to be built on a 15-acre lot on Gas House Pike in the Hamptons West neighborhood of Lake Linganore, was planned in response to crowding at several area elementary schools, including Deer Crossing Elementary. The elementary school in New Market is at 134 percent capacity.

In February, the board reviewed designs for the new school. The two-story design is partially set into a hill on the lot and features three playgrounds and a playing field. Construction for the east county school is scheduled to begin in February 2020 with students entering the building by September 2021.

FCPS will put out a second survey from May 6 to 16 for public feedback on the narrowed five to 10 names the committee has selected.

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If I put down what I was thinking I would be censored. So, how about Home Away from Home.


Based on the comments, how about, "I'm Still Bitter Elementary", "Worse in Person Primary", "Back In My Day, Things Were Good Grammar School".


Heartbreak Elementary


It Used to be Nice Here Elementary.


Lots of hood suggestions here. I like Ryan Homes Elementary or Clear Cut Elementary.


How about "Packed Tight" Elementary or "Sardine Can" Elementary or Good Luck Elm as in trying to find a chair for your child to sit in.


Blame Young Elementary who was the founder of over overgrowth in this area.


Swamp Linganore Elm because coordinates 39.4279 N by 77.289 W is located by Linganore creek which storm management will be running into.


PC Milquetoast Elementary
School color: beige
Sports programs: none. Everybody wins
Academics: 90% of our students are in the top 10% and on the first honor roll.






Clearcut Elementary
Cookie Cutter Elementary
Ryan Homes Elementary
Commuter Elementary
Bedroom Community Elementary
Transplant Elementary
HOA Fee Elementary
Congested Roads Elementary


* Elementary.

Named after Kirby — without using his name.


Agree. He, along with Blaine, approved the clear cuttimg and paving over of all of Lingsnore an New Market. Additionally, Delauter is putting extra sweat equity into the project- his trucks are doing a lot of site prep around Linganore. Sounds like Kirby's business has benefited from his political votes- can't say i am surprised. I wish FNP would srndca photographer tonLinganore and take pictures of Delauter construction equipment and then ask the formet commissionet about this. I would also like them to ask Blaine about his "thoughts" on how his votes and their ramifications. He may be hsrd to reach though. I hear he left Frederick for WV. Frederick was getting too crowded for him ;)


I hadn’t heard he had decamped for WV. As the saying goes, he managed to raise the average IQ of both places.


DRRA Elementary


I want to know when Thomas Johnson High and Middle Schools will be renamed, since they are named after a slave owner and had to have to statue removed in front of City Hall.


My vote is for Schoolie McSchoolface.


You would think we would have learned by now, but I guess not. +1 for Schoolie McSchoolface.


You beat me to it, I was here solely to leave this comment [beam]

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