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

Current Opportunity for Input

After a year, Huff Elementary has narrowed its search to these top three namesakes (read about them here):  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amy Imai and Katherine Johnson.

The Board of Trustees will approved Amy Imai as Huff’s new namesake at their meeting on June 17.

Citizens were invited to give feedback on these three potential school names at the Board of Trustees’ public hearing on Thursday, June 3. Neighbors were able to  verbal comments as part of the meeting on June 3, or submit written comments to publiccomments@mvwsd.org by May 28. 

Board of Trustees meeting on June 3   Presentation  Video
Board of Trustees meeting on June 17   Presentation  Video

As we are at the end of a year-long process, no additional names are being accepted.

Citizens Advisory Committee

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. Through this group’s work, and the research and contributions of many others through a survey, a list of potential namesake candidates was developed. These names were then measured by how closely they align with the school community’s chosen traits and values.

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 did we explore with the ThoughtExchange?

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

What are the  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 2021

How will results be shared back with everyone?

* Board meeting update - October 22, 2020
Board meeting update - February 4, 2021
* Board meeting update - April 1, 2021
* Top three namesakes for consideration
* Huff’n’Stuff Newsletter
* Presentations to school and community groups
* Address communication gaps or questions  

What's the timeline?

School and Community Engagement:
Board meeting update - October 22, 2020
November 16, 2020- CAC Meeting 
December - ThoughtExchange with students, staff, and families of Huff Elementary
January 11, 2021 - CAC Meeting
- Board Presentation (update on process and ThoughtExchange responses)
- Huff PTA Meeting (update on process)
February 1, 2021  - CAC Meeting 
Board meeting update - February 4, 2021
March 1, 2021 - CAC Meeting
April 1, 2021 - Board Presentation (update on process and recommendations for namesake)
April 5, 2021 - CAC Meeting
May 17, 2021  - CAC Meeting
June - Public Hearing and Board decision

Resources

Community Advisory Committee meeting, Nov. 2020
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