Tyler ISD will request public input as it decides what to name two new campuses being built as part of the bond projects.
Board members decided Monday they wanted to have the community suggest possible names for the new middle school to be built on Three Lakes Parkway and the career and technical education center being built off of Earl Campbell Parkway.
In addition, the board also will consider suggestions for a possible name change to Dixie Elementary School, which is one of two campuses being renovated as part of the bond projects.
TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said Dixie staff members suggested a possible name change to the campus so it would be more like the other elementary school names, which honor people.
The name Dixie was suggested by board President H.L. Carter in the 1920s when the school was started, according to “The Proud Century,” a history of Tyler Public Schools compiled by Zella Lewis.
Carter said at the time that since Texas Highway 64, which runs past the school, was once called Dixie Road, they should name the school Dixie.
A unanimous board vote confirmed the name. The school didn’t become a part of TISD until 1956, though, according to the history.
TISD Superintendent Gary Mooring said the district’s policy allows the board to name schools after national, state and local leaders, community members or geographic locations.
Ms. Parnell said the district will develop a form for people to provide their input and will solicit that input within the next two months.
The goal is to have the suggestions back to the board for them to vote by the April meeting.
In other business, the board:
n Accepted the resignation of Hogg Middle School Principal Josh Garred, who accepted the position as Whitehouse Junior High School principal. Garred became principal at Hogg this school year and his resignation is effective June 6, according to district information.
n Called the district’s general and special elections for May 10. The purpose is to elect trustees to fill the expired terms of Single Member Districts 2 and 4 and the unexpired term of Single Member District 5.
n Discussed in closed session Mooring’s contract and evaluation. Mooring has served as the district’s superintendent since January 2013. He came on as interim superintendent in July 2012. The board is expected to vote on his contract at a meeting later this month.