School Naming Committee

  • Mission Statement

    As a committee to the Board of Trustees, the function of the School Naming Committee is to select and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees proposed names of new schools and, when appropriate, the renaming of an existing school .  Naming and renaming efforts shall be conducted as a cooperative effort between the District, the involved school(s) and the community. The District will take advantage of every opportunity to involve the community in applicable phases of the naming process.
     

    Current Issues 

    With the passage of WC 1, the district will be building fifteen new schools over the next several years, and each of those schools needs a name. The committee will take nominations and rankings from the public for each school, and will then narrow down to a set of names to recommend to the Board of Trustees. Ultimately, the Board of Trustees will make the final decisions about the names of schools. 
     

Upcoming Public Meetings

  • The next meetings of the School Naming Committee will be held: 

    Meetings are held at the WCSD Administration Building, 425 East 9th Street, Reno at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced. 
     
    Please be aware that these meeting dates, times, and/or location are subject to change.  Check the posted meeting agenda for final information.
     
    Visit the Meetings Archive page for past agendas, minutes, and audio. 

     

Submit a Name

  • It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to select and adopt the names of the District’s schools.  Naming efforts are conducted as a cooperative effort between the District, the involved school(s) and the community. The District will take advantage of every opportunity to involve the community in applicable phases of the naming process. Visit the District's School Naming webpage for additional information and to make comment regarding the current list of name submissions.

    School names will be considered based on the following criteria:

    • Any geographical or geological name;
    • The name of a distinguished citizen or former District employee, to honor or memorialize the individual under extraordinary circumstances. Such circumstances could include the loss of life in the performance of service to benefit or support the District;
    • Any name of a person gaining state or national prominence.
    • The name of a living individual may be considered. The following conditions shall apply:
      • Names of living individuals shall be considered when such person has made significant contributions to or had significant involvement with education;
      • Names of members of the Board of Trustees shall not be considered while actively serving on the Board of Trustees, nor for two (2) years from the last day of service as a member of the Board of Trustees or his/her death.
      • Names of District employees shall not be considered while actively employed either full-time, part-time or as a consultant to the District, nor for at least two (2) years from the last date of employment or death.
      • A name may not be considered if an existing school, or facility, or portion of a school or facility, is already and actively named for that person.
      • Names of elected officials shall not be considered while they are actively serving in public office.

    Please check back for the next naming submission opportunity.

Membership

  • The School Naming Committee is seeking to fill a vacated seat for a term ending June 30, 2019. For more information about the application process, visit https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/5410

    Committee Composition

    The voting membership of the School Naming Committee consists of eleven (11) voting members as follows:

    1. One (1) District representative, selected by the Superintendent;
    2. Seven (7) parents/guardians or members of the community: one (1) each from Trustee districts A, B, C, D E, F, and G;
    3. One (1) student from a District high school; and
    4. Two (2) at-large members from any of the above categories.

     

     

    NAME/CATEGORY

    TERM EXPIRES

    A

    JOE GABICA, District Representative

    June 30, 2018

    B

    ELISABETCH GENASCI, Trustee Zone A Representative

    June 30, 2019

    C

    CARLY LOTT, Trustee Zone B Representative

    June 30, 2018

    D

    JENNIFER HAMPTON, Trustee Zone C Representative

    June 30, 2019

    E

    ALYSON CASTRO, Trustee Zone D Representative

    June 30, 2018

    F

    SARA MORENO, Trustee Zone E Representative

    June 30, 2019

    G

    CLYYNE COOK, Trustee Zone F Representative

    June 30, 2018

    H

    MERCEDES DE LA GARZA, Trustee Zone G Representative

    June 30, 2018

    I

    STACY GOMEZ, High School Student

    June 30, 2019

    J

    FRANK PEREZ, At-Large Member

    June 30, 2018

    K

    RENE MARTIN, At-Large Member

    June 30, 2019