LAKEWOOD – In action taken at its board meeting on March 10, the Clover Park School District (CPSD) Board of Directors selected the names of three elementary schools currently under construction.
Two new elementary schools will open next fall on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). One of the new schools is being built in the new Meriwether Landing housing area on JBLM-North and the other is located on JBLM-Main and will serve students currently attending Clarkmoor and Greenwood Elementary Schools.
Board members chose Meriwether Elementary as the name of the new school on JBLM-North. The Meriwether Landing housing area is divided into four neighborhoods, each corresponding to the Army’s history and rank structure. The landing’s name is a tip of the hat to Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1804 to 1806.
The new elementary school located on JBLM-Main will be named Rainier Elementary, after Mt. Rainier, a visible landmark easily seen across JBLM.
Both of these new elementary schools on JBLM are funded by the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and Washington state school construction Assistance program.
The third elementary school located off of Lakewood Drive near the district’s Auxiliary Services Center, is part of the 2010 voter-approved school construction bond for a new Hudtloff Middle School, a new Harrison Preparatory School and a new consolidated Oakwood and Southgate Elementary School. The name of the new elementary is Four Heroes Elementary. This name commemorates the four Lakewood Police Officers who were tragically killed in 2009. “Four Heroes” honors the four fallen Lakewood Police officers: Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens. The new school is located very close to the Lakewood Police Department headquarters.
“Each school being named had a committee made up of parents, staff and community members who followed the school board policy and procedures for naming facilities,” said CPSD superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “The committees were charged with recommending three to five names for school board consideration.”
“I know each committee took on this task very seriously and a lot of research was done,” said CPSD school board president Marty Schafer. “We thank you for your efforts. The board spent a lot of time discussing the school name options and made the best choices for all concerned.”
All of the new school names will be formally recognized at each school’s grand opening celebration. Meriwether and Rainier Elementary Schools are anticipated to open in late summer 2014 and Four Heroes Elementary is anticipated to open by September, 2015.