Belgrade voters passed a $48 million dollar bond in 2019, approving among other things a new elementary school that is under construction on Bohlinger Road. The school now needs a name, and they are asking the public for its help.

You can submit a name until October 15th by using this link: https://bit.ly/2SkmwFf.

A naming committee will review suggested names and narrow down the suggestions, presenting the top options to the Belgrade Board of Trustees at their regularly-scheduled November Board meeting.

The new 60,000 sq. ft. elementary school is expected to open in August 2021, and will mostly service two new housing developments in the area. It will take the place of Heck-Quaw Elementary School, which is being repurposed to be used in some other educational capacity by the school district.

The bond that voters passed in 2019 is also paying for a second elementary school, a middle school, and adding a commons area at Saddle Peak Elementary School.

According to the Belgrade School District's Master Planning Document, the district is operating the new school and the others to follow under some specific guiding principles:

District Operations: Create a network of community-centered campuses across Belgrade that lead the region in innovative and cost-effective facility management. Review of total cost of ownership, including first costs and operating costs, will be the starting point for all design and sustainability decisions.

Programs: Provide facilities that inspire innovation and perpetuate the historical success of Belgrade’s diverse curriculum and elective offerings. The facilities need to be flexible and adaptable over time to support shifts in programs, best practices in teaching and learning, technology, and student growth.

Parity/Equity: Ensure that facilities provide equal opportunities to all students and teachers across the Belgrade community. Facilities should instill pride and a consistent identity throughout the district.

Student Development: Provide facilities that support the diverse individual needs of each student and inspire life-long learning. Create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students, staff, and parents feel a strong sense of belonging.

Culture/Climate: Create a unique, community-focused, sense of place where the history of Belgrade is recognized and respected, but its next generation is defined by innovative educational space for the 21st Century. Facilities should encourage students to understand the past, but seek to define the future.

To submit a name for the new Belgrade elementary school visit this link: https://bit.ly/2SkmwFf.