Date: May 28, 2008
To: Student Support & Community Relations Board Committee
From: Carole Smith
Re: Renaming Resolution for Hollyrood-Fernwood K-8 School
Hollyrood Elementary and Fernwood Middle School merged beginning in the 2007-2008 school year to create a single school serving kindergarten through eighth grade. School board policy requires a name to be chosen for the newly created school that is currently named Hollyrood-Fernwood K-8 School.
In accordance with Administrative Directive 2.20.011, a naming committee formed to solicit feedback and provide me with recommended choices and supporting information including their level of interest, and significance to the community.
The committee worked diligently to conduct an open and inclusive process resulting in four recommended names. The committee did not identify a clear favorite as each choice had its pros and cons but Beverly Cleary received the highest number of votes in the community survey. The Cleary name has special significance, as she is an alumnus of Femwood and based many of her well-known children's stories on her experiences in the Fernwood neighborhood.
Based on this input I recommend Beverly Cleary School as the name for the merged K-8 school. Because the school currently utilizes two sites, I recommend that the buildings be referred to as Fernwood and Hollyrood campuses of Beverly Cleary School.