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.
February 10 • 7:00 p.m
February 11 • 7:00 p.m.
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.
April 27 • 7:00 p.m.
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
School Board decision on New Names
Names selected are
Oak Street Elementary School
Meridian High School
Link to Video
School Renaming Committee Rosters
High School Renaming Committee
Chair Jamie Argento Rodriguez
Komal Bazaz Smith
Vikki Spencer Ehrlich
Lisa M. Gross
5 student representatives
Elementary School Renaming Committee
Chair Sherry Witt
Aabira Sher Afgan
John D Lawrence
Paul G Stankevich
4 student representatives