Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/18/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 10. Action on a Request to Rename Franklin Pierce Elementary School to Riverwest Elementary School
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 5.01 - Facilities
Attachments: Pierce name change request letter
File Attachment:
Pierce name change request letter.pdf
Background: Franklin Pierce Elementary School is a traditional elementary school, which served 454 students in grades K3-5 during the 2017-18 school year. Head Start programming is offered at the school for students in grades K3-K4.

An August 2018 communication from the Pierce principal and school community requested the Administration bring their request to rename Franklin Pierce Elementary School to Riverwest Elementary School before the Milwaukee Board of School Directors for consideration.

The communication indicates that there has been ongoing conversation with staff at Pierce regarding the beliefs and principles of Franklin Pierce. The consensus of these discussions was that this name does not represent the school. A name change will rebrand the school to closely align to its location in the Riverwest neighborhood and attract more students.

The entire Pierce school community was involved in the process to rename the school including students, parents, staff and community members. The School Engagement Council unanimously supported the proposed renaming of Pierce to Riverwest Elementary School.

Pierce also meets the criteria set forth in Administrative Policy 5.01(6)(b), Facilities, which states:

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."

The Administration has adhered to Administrative Policy 5.01, especially relative to allowing school communities pursuing a name change the autonomy to select one through a collaborative process which includes the School Engagement Council.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures. Any costs associated with the name change will be absorbed in the school's FY19 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 Franklin Pierce Elementary School to Riverwest Elementary School effective upon Board approval.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent