Helmut Schmidt, Published December 11 2011
Long list of name suggestions for next West Fargo schoolsWEST FARGO – Care to call it Fargo Elementary?
How about Not North?
OK. Maybe not so much.
Scores of names, ranging from the humorous to inspirational, have been offered up for school board members to consider tonight for West Fargo School District’s next elementary and middle schools.
The naming suggestions, gathered on the district’s website and by mail, include the following:
- The nationally famous: Rosa Parks, Ronald Reagan
- Historic figures: Teddy Roosevelt, Sakakawea
- Animals: Penguin and Bison
- Favorite sons and daughters: Sen. Kent Conrad, Roger Maris, Quentin Burdick, Doug Burgum, George Sinner, Judge Ralph Erickson, Florenz Bjornson and Police Chief Arland Rasmussen
- Astronauts: Anthony “Tony” England and Rick Hieb
- Hogwarts favorites: Severus Snape and Gryffindor
- Holy favorites: Aquila (as in Fargo Bishop Samuel Aquila)
- Landmarks: ShadowWood, Maple Ridge, Sanford
- Patriotic: Veterans, Victory, America, Mayflower
- Inspirational: All Star, Dream Catcher, Freedom, Liberty, Panorama, Phoenix, Triumph and Endeavor
- Latin inspirational: Libertas
- Astronomical: Constellation, Nova, Northern Lights, Borealis
- Administrative: Superintendent David Flowers and Assistant Superintendent Louise Dardis, who could conceivably score a daily double if both schools are named after her as suggested.
In all, there are 85 suggestions for the elementary school and 40 for the middle school.
It’s unlikely, however, that the school board will choose the school names Monday, district spokeswoman Heather Konschak said.
The board earlier decided it would convene a selection committee – including a board member, the principals for the new schools and district-level administrators – to narrow it down to two possible names for each school, Konschak said. The pair of finalists for each will be brought back to the board for final consideration in January, she said.
The elementary school is going up at the corner of 26th Avenue South and Fourth Street East. That is just south of Interstate 94 and west of Veterans Boulevard. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.
The middle school will be built just north of Sheyenne Middle School by the intersection of 36th Avenue South and what will be Seventh Street East. It is planned to open in fall 2013.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583