The new school being built on Keithshire Way in Lexington should be named Wellington Elementary School, a naming committee told the Fayette County Board of Education on Monday night.
Meribeth Gaines, who served on the committee and will be principal of the new school, told board members that the proposed name reflects the school's proximity to the Wellington neighborhood and Wellington Park, and meets school district naming guidelines.
The committee recommended Wellington Elementary as the school's name after reviewing about 180 suggestions from the public. Fayette school board members, who generally follow committee recommendations in naming schools, will vote on the name at their Sept. 27 meeting.
The new school, billed as the district's most environmentally friendly facility, is scheduled to open in fall 2011.
In other matters at its Monday night planning session, the school board received a draft of a new district equity scorecard that the Fayette Equity Council and school district representatives have been developing for about a year. Some sections of the scorecard are still being written. But the draft document, based on statistics covering the past five years, provides an overview and analysis of achievement gaps that persist in Fayette County schools, as well as suggestions for helping to close them. It's the first such effort that has been attempted for the Fayette schools.
Equity Council chairman Ron Woods told board members that while the scorecard shows overall achievement levels have improved, many students still need help. The scorecard is intended as a tool to help bring that about, he said.
Superintendent Stu Silberman said the district will use the scorecard as a starting point to gauge progress annually in coming years.
"We will take it very seriously," he said.