ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL RENAMING PROCESS

Process and Information for School Renaming Consideration June - December 2020

On June 30, 2020, the Falls Church City School Board decided to consider changing George Mason High and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's names. The Board adopted a two-stage process; the first stage was a nearly 6-month deliberation on whether or not to change the names. During this first stage, the Board solicited and received public comment and other relevant information to guide the Board’s decision about changing either school’s name.

On December 8, 2020, the School Board voted unanimously to change the elementary and high school names. 

Process and Information for School Renaming Committees February - April 2021

The School Board designated Superintendent Noonan to form committees for recommending five (5) school names for each school, following Policy FFA - Naming School Facilities and Regulation 4.26. Community members' applications were accepted through January 15, 2021. Jamie Argento Rodriguez serves as Chair of the High School Naming Committee. Sherry Witt serves as Chair of the Elementary School Naming Committee.

This timeline below lists major events in the second stage of the process, along with links to meeting materials and videos.

The Renaming Committee Chairs presented the committees' final reports to the School Board on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

As the Board considers naming selections, members are open to input from the public on the decision.

Submit comments to the Clerk of the School Board. If you would like your thoughts to be entered in the record as Public Comment, please note that in your message.

Renaming Decision and Process History

Date

February 10 • 7:00 p.m

February 11 • 7:00 p.m.

February 16

February 24 • 7:00 p.m.

February 25 • 7:00 p.m.

March 2 • 11:59 p.m.

March 10 • 7:00 p.m.

March 11 • 7:00 p.m.

March 17 • 7:00 p.m.

March 23 • 7:00 p.m

March 24 • 7:00 p.m.

March 25 • 7:00 p.m.

April 7 • 7:00 p.m.

April 8 • 7:00 p.m.

April 13 • 7:00 p.m.

Event

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 1

Elementary School Renaming Committee Meeting 1

Naming Suggestion Box Opens

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 2

Elementary School Renaming Committee Meeting 2

Naming Suggestion Box Closes

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 3

Elementary School Renaming Committee Meeting 3

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 4

Renaming Committee Chairs Meet with School Board

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 5

Elementary School Renaming Committee Meeting 4

High School Renaming Committee Meeting 6

Elementary School Renaming Committee Meeting 5

Presentation of Renaming Committee Reports to the School Board

Meeting Materials

Link to Video

School Renaming Committee Rosters

High School Renaming Committee

Chair Jamie Argento Rodriguez

Bill Ackerman

Komal Bazaz Smith

Georgia Brown

Katie Clinton

Vikki Spencer Ehrlich

Lisa M. Gross

Eden Heard

Allison Hyra

Jeff Jordan

Kabir Kamboh

Edwin Kim

Tom Lubnow

Andra Popa

Kristen Ross

Reid Sassman

Elliott Smith

Frank Spinello

Will Stewart

Marvin Wooten

5 student representatives


Elementary School Renaming Committee

Chair Sherry Witt

Aabira Sher Afgan

Brad Allan

Ryan Bourke

Marcellus Davis

Kyle Erickson

Aaron Ford

Bethany Henderson

Julia Huber

Leigh Johnson

Susan Kearney

John D Lawrence

Kathryn Martin

Brannon McLaughlin

Jasyn Polowitz

Will Shorter

Paul G Stankevich


4 student representatives