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El Centro School District Seeking Name Suggestions for Planned School

The El Centro Elementary School District is seeking recommendations for the name of a new school the district plans to build as soon as state funds have been allocated. The new facility would be a kindergarten to eighth grade magnet school focused on visual/performing arts and technology, Superintendent Jon LeDoux stated in an email. Magnet schools usually focus on a special area of study, such as science, the performing arts, or career education, and are designed to attract pupils from throughout a city or school district. The school is proposed to be located in the Victoria Ranch subdivision near Aten Boulevard and Cross Road, which is in Imperial but still within the El Centro school district. Construction is expected to start in about two years and the district would like to name the school in the next few months. “We’re very excited about moving into the next phase of this project,” LeDoux stated. “By providing a name, the school will start to take shape and have an identity the community can relate to.” Criteria for naming the new facility are based upon the following parameters: an individual living or deceased who made outstanding contributions to the county or community; who made contributions of state, national or worldwide significance; who contributed to education at the local, state or national level, or in the geographic area in which the school is located. Students are also urged to submit names and will have the chance to through upcoming classroom activities. The district is accepting name submissions from Sept. 5-Oct. 31. Community members may submit names and a brief reason why they feel the school board should consider adopting their suggested name. Suggestions should be sent to the Naming Committee by email to newschool@ecesd.org or regular mail to Naming Committee, El Centro Elementary School District, 1256 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243. LeDoux did not immediately respond to additional details requested by email. The district school board is expected to review the results of the naming process at a November meeting.

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