School board set to name new Dougherty Valley school

Naming committee recommends Bella Vista Elementary; citizen suggestions include local heroes, historical figures, places and outside-the-box ideas

The San Ramon Valley school board Tuesday (June 24) is set to decide what to call the new Dougherty Valley elementary school, weighing the naming committee's recommendation against hundreds of other citizen suggestions that spanned the creative spectrum.

The committee -- comprised of school district officials, employees and parents -- selected Bella Vista Elementary School as its top choice. Fox Hollow Elementary and Deer Ridge Elementary are the group's primary and secondary alternatives, respectively.

But those three names barely scratch the surface of the ideas offered by community members in the district's online survey that solicited potential names for the new school, which is expected to open in fall 2016.

More than 400 suggestions came in, ranging from local heroes, places, geographic terms, modern and historical figures, and the occasional contemporary colloquialism, celebrity or fictional place.

Alamo Creek, Dougherty Valley, Hillside, Dougherty Station, Limerick and Rolling Hills were among the most commonly submitted suggestions.

Other survey-takers thought the school should be named after President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Danville resident Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger or Thomas Burnett, a San Ramon man who was among the United Airlines Flight 93 passengers who worked to overtake the plane from its hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Some of the more outside-the-box suggestions included Chuck Norris Institute of Learning (which received 10 votes), Dr. Seuss Elementary, Dragon, Hope of Tissues, The Swag Master School, Kobe 24 Elementary School (in honor of basketball star Kobe Bryant) and Hogwarts Elementary, inspired by Harry Potter's alma mater.

Here's a partial list of the suggestions, as provided by the school district.

School board members are scheduled to vote on the name of the new campus during Tuesday's open-session meeting, set to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business during its last meeting of the academic year, the school board will consider adopting the 2014-15 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is required under the state's new Local Control Funding Formula.

The district's proposed LCAP describes objectives, actions steps, expenditures and methods of assessing progress in areas such as facility maintenance, employee development, parent involvement, school climate and student performance.

Board members will also weigh adoption of the 2014-15 school district budget, which recommends almost $261 million in general fund expenditures and projects $265.3 million in general fund revenues.

The school board will discuss approval of the district's special education local plan area (SELPA) 2014-15 service plan and budget plan.

School officials will present updates about technology and professional development efforts in the district.

Board members will debate giving final approval to proposed revisions to the board policies and administrative regulations covering school-sponsored trips and transportation for school-related trips.

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