New school name: Sandrock Elementary |

New school name: Sandrock Elementary

Ben Bulkeley

School name results

Name, Votes

Sandrock Elementary, 320

Bears Ears Elementary, 251

William E Adams Elementary, 237

Creekside Elementary, 235

Rosedale Elementary, 162

When Moffat County School District kindergartners through sixth-graders cast their votes for a new name for Craig Intermediate School, the choice apparently was simple.

Sandrock Elementary.

By a landslide.

The School Board voted, 7-0, during its Thursday meeting to accept the new name as chosen by the students.

Sandrock Elementary won with 320 votes, followed by Bears Ears Elementary with 251 votes, William E. Adams with 237, Creekside with 235 and Rosedale with 162.

Kamisha Siminoe, CIS principal, was a member of the renaming committee. She said there was an impressive response from the community, which submitted name suggestions.

“We received over 100 names from the community,” Siminoe said. “Everything was put on a list, then we met and pared them down to the final five selections.”

More than 1,200 students voted May 21 on the new name, and votes were counted Tuesday.

“The middle ones were so close, we had to count and recount them,” Siminoe said.

There had been a push from some segments of the community to name the school after Maj. William E. Adams. More than 90 people signed 16 letters to try to rename the school after him.

Adams, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, was killed May 25, 1971, in Vietnam while trying to rescue injured soldiers.

He was given the Medal of Honor.

“We asked everyone to try to remain neutral,” Siminoe said. “Students know what they like, but they could still be influenced by teachers. And I think our teachers did a good job of remaining neutral.”

Siminoe said schools took the voting seriously: the election was complete with the city’s ballot boxes and “I voted” stickers.

“All the kids were really excited to vote,” Siminoe said. “They felt like they were voting, just like their parents.”

Zack Allen, Sunset Elementary principal, had private voting booths set up in the school to add to the experience.

“The kids felt they were voting on something that mattered to them,” he said. “It was a good lesson in our democratic system.”

Starting this fall, Craig Intermediate School will become an elementary school and house kindergarten through fifth grade.

It informally had been known as Craig Elementary School, but Siminoe decided to have the students rename it.

“Through the process, we received some great and wonderful names,” Siminoe said. “My vision was that this process would excite the students and involve the community.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or

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