Next Step to Naming New School

Next Step to Naming New School

Frederick County Public Schools invites the public to participate in the second survey, by Thursday, May 16, to name the new east-county area elementary school. In the first part of the process, FCPS surveyed the community for ideas for naming the school, slated for construction in the Lake Linganore Hamptons West community and scheduled to open in August 2021, if funding is available.

The first survey closed April 22, and the School Name Recommendation Committee has reviewed historical documents, property information and community suggestions, narrowing the suggestions to eight. FCPS has launched the second survey so the community can narrow the eight options to three. The eight options are Blue Heron Elementary, Copper Mine Elementary, Eaglehead Elementary, Lakeside Elementary, Linganore Elementary, Linganore Creek Elementary, Sunrise Elementary and Woodland Elementary. 

The committee’s remaining charge is to present three recommendations to the Board of Education (BOE) in June. Tuscarora Elementary Literacy Specialist Susan Verdi chairs the committee, which includes local business and community representatives, PTA members and parents from the Linganore and Oakdale feeder patterns, and staff from Deer Crossing and New Market Elementary Schools.

“The community’s input is critically important in selecting a new school name,” says FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. ”Please participate in the survey: [link to outdated material removed].” 

FCPS will then take all feedback into account as the committee selects three names to recommend to the Board of Education in June. The Board of Education will make the final decision in naming the new school.

According to Policy 201 (, the BOE may name schools for historical events or geographical features such as local or regional landmarks or locations but not for people.