This Wed., March 2, the Prince William County School Board will be voting on what to name the new elementary school opening Fall 2011 on Linton Hall Road. The naming committee came up with the lame name of “Piney Branch Elementary School” — Ronald Reagan didn’t even make the top 18 suggestions of the committee despite it having strong supporters (it received the most suggestions from the public.) I first suggested that name early last October and encouraged people to submit it to the naming committee by the Dec. 1 deadline. Following is the message that I sent to the naming committee:
Since the new elementary school on Linton Hall Road here in Prince William County is set to open in 2011, the year when celebrations are being planned for the centennial of President Ronald Reagan’s birth, I think that it is only fitting that the school be named “Ronald Reagan Elementary School.” On Oct. 7, U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) sent a letter to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell calling on state officials to “take appropriate measures” to mark the occasion of President Reagan’s birth. In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly voted to designate Feb. 6th as Ronald Reagan Day in Virginia with only one member out of all 140 delegates and senators voting against it. It is clear that such a honor would have bipartisan support and the legacy of Reagan’s presidency could serve as an inspiration to the students at this school.
At the PWC GOP Committee meeting tonight, School Board member Don Richardson spoke and indicated that the Board would be voting on naming the school after Reagan on Wed. He urged everyone to email the entire school board and ask that they support naming the school after President Reagan. Please take the time to drop an email to the board, their email addresses follow, and let’s win this one for the Gipper!
MJOHNS@pwcs.edu; GLATTIN@pwcs.edu; BCOVINGTON@pwcs.edu; LBELL@pwcs.edu; MOTAIGBE@pwcs.edu; DRAMIREZ@pwcs.edu; DRICHARDSON@pwcs.edu; GTRENUM@pwcs.edu