Students vote on new school name |

Students vote on new school name

Ben Bulkeley

The ballots have been cast and the votes will be counted.

By next week, a new name for Craig Intermediate School will be decided and presented to the Moffat County School Board for final consideration.

On Thursday, kindergarten through sixth-grade students across the district voted for the school name of their choice.

There were five names to choose from, ranging from area landmarks to a Craig war hero.

Last week, a naming committee of parents, teachers, students and School Board members whittled down numerous names suggested by the public to the final five.

The final name selections, along with a brief description of the name suggestion, as reported by the naming committee, are:

Bears Ears Elementary: Bears Ears Mountain is close to Craig and can be seen from the school.

Creekside Elementary: Fortification Creek runs by the side of the school.

Rosedale Elementary: Rosedale is the subdivision of Craig that the school is located near.

Sandrock Elementary: The school is near the sand rocks, which are visible from the school.

William E. Adams Elementary: Maj. Adams was a U.S. Army Helicopter pilot from Craig who was killed May 25, 1971, while trying to evacuate wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

There had been a push from the community to get Adams’ name on the ballot, including 16 letters containing 94 signatures that were submitted to the School District. The letters lobbied for the school to be named after Adams.

The students’ choices Thursday were varied, but there seemed to be strong support for two of the choices.

Dalton Sirk, a CIS fifth-grader, said he voted for Adams.

“Because he was the only one from Craig,” Sirk said. “He was a helicopter pilot. I voted for him because he’s special.”

Fellow fifth-grader Patrick Keleher also voted for Adams.

“I voted for William Adams because even with SAM missiles and machine gun fire, he kept trying to save people,” Keleher said. “He was trying to help people before he could help himself.”

Another name that gained traction was Sandrock Elementary.

Jovanna Powers said she could see herself in a school named for the rock formation.

“Because it sounded like a good name for a school,” Powers said.

Taylor Oxenreider also voted for the landmark.

“I chose Sandrock because it’s somewhere over there,” Oxenreider said, pointing over her shoulder. “It would be cool to have this school named Sandrock because it’s a cool place.”

Jeshua Martinez was the sole voter for Bears Ears Elementary in his class.

“Because we need mountains in this world,” Martinez said. “And, because nature is important to us all.”

Kamisha Siminoe, CIS principal, said the votes would be counted during the weekend.

After the winner has been announced, it will be presented to the School Board for approval.

The School Board’s decision could come as soon as its May 28 meeting.

The School District currently is building a new middle school and restructuring its elementary schools.

As part of the process, CIS will shift from housing fifth- and sixth-grade students to preschool through fifth graders, thus becoming an elementary and needing a new name.

Siminoe said the vote was left up to the students as a way to leave behind a legacy at the school.

Siminoe, who will be the principal of the yet-to-be-named school, said students are anxious to hear the results from Thursday’s election.

“It’s all very exciting,” she said.

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