Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/23/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 5. Action on a Request to Rename James Whitcomb Riley School to Riley Dual Language Montessori School
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 5.01 - Facilities
Attachments Riley Renaming Request
File Attachment:
Riley School Engagement Council Letter.pdf
Background: As Riley School prepares to enter its fifth year as a Montessori school, the Riley community is requesting a name change to accurately reflect the identity of the school as a Montessori school, offering a unique dual language educational program. The request is based on school community conversations and data gathered from stakeholders. Riley School is currently the only MPS Montessori school that does not have the "Montessori" designation in its name. Additionally, the community's use of multiple names (Riley Elementary, Riley Dual Language, etc.) causes confusion for the school's current and future families.

The school community is confident that the proposed name change will better explain the school's specialized programming and will result in increased enrollment.

The proposed name change also meets the criteria set forth in Administrative Policy 5.01, Facilities, which includes a section (6) on the naming of school facilities:

“b. Changing the name of a school building shall be limited to elementary and middle schools. The recommendation of a name change shall be brought to the Board through the local governance structure of the school.”
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures. Any costs associated with the name change will be absorbed in the school's budget.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will work with the school to implement the name change.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve renaming James Whitcomb Riley School to Riley Dual Language Montessori School effective for the 2021-2022 school year.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent