TOWN OF BELOIT—The Beloit Turner School District is seeking community input on what to name a new elementary school building and its mascot.
Information will be sent home with students by the end of this week explaining how to get involved, Superintendent Dennis McCarthy said.
A naming survey opens Friday and will remain active until March 9.
After all responses are collected, McCarthy said a committee including teachers, parents, students, administrators and community liaisons will be formed. A name will be chosen by June.
The Turner School District has a policy posted online detailing its rules for name submissions. Criteria that will be considered basically include suggested names based on geographical location, notable persons or major donors and contributors to the school district.
Each person who submits a recommendation will be asked to include a rationale explaining why they suggested a certain name.
The full policy can be found online at turnerschools.org/district/board_of_education/school_board_policies.
McCarthy said school officials also plan to ask elementary-age students to help choose a mascot for their new school, possibly sometime this fall.
The new elementary school—a planned replacement for Townview Elementary—will house grades 2 through 5. The $22 million construction project begins this spring, and the building is expected to be open for the 2021-22 school year.
The school project is part of a November 2018 referendum that was approved by voters. The $26 million referendum is currently in phase three of five.
To recommend a name for the new elementary school, go to turnerschools.org/nametheschool.