School Renaming Process

Based on Board direction and community support, the journey towards renaming Frank L. Huff elementary is underway. 

Why consider a new school name?

Mountain View Whisman School District, along with the Huff community are looking to choose a new namesake for the school that better reflects our shared collective values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. To facilitate the renaming process, we formed a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of multiple stakeholder groups from our community including current students, alumni, teachers, parents and staff. 
Presentation to the Board of Trustees, Oct. 2020

Community engagement- Thoughtexchange

To survey the Huff community as a whole, a ThoughtExchange was launched in December 2020, and stakeholders gave their input on the following question:

"What are the most important perspectives to consider as we plan for renaming Huff Elementary School?"

What are we exploring with the ThoughtExchange?

Understanding stakeholder priorities including Huff traits and values that will inform namesake selection

What will we do with the information? / What are our next steps?

* Develop a rubric that contains a cohesive set of school traits and values by clustering community responses into common themes (i.e. traits such as ‘ingenuity’, ‘resilience’, or ‘compassion’) -- use this rubric moving forward
* Use these school traits and values to develop a list of potential namesake candidates that align with the chosen traits and values using previous work as a rubric
* Research background information on short-list of potential candidates in order to distill the list of candidates to 3 for the Superintendent to bring for Board consideration
* Advocate for board to approve namesake by June 2020

How will results be shared back with everyone?

* Board meeting update - January 21, 2021
* Huff’n’Stuff Newsletter
* Presentations to school and community groups
* Address communication gaps or questions  

What's the timeline?

School and Community Engagement:
November - CAC Meeting 
December - ThoughtExchange with students, staff, and families of Huff Elementary
January - CAC Meeting
- Board Presentation (update on process and ThoughtExchange responses)
- Huff PTA Meeting (update on process)
February  - CAC Meeting 
March - CAC Meeting
April - CAC Meeting
May - Board Presentation (update on process and recommendations for namesake)
June - Public Hearing and Board decision

Resources

Community Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 2020
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