Edinburg CISD’s “Naming of New Schools Committee” has finalized 10 names that will adorn six new schools over the next three years. Now it’s up to the school board of trustees to make the final cut next week.

ECISD’s naming committee had originally whittled down the names of potential candidates from more than 60 nominations to 20 over the last month. In a meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, April 14, the committee then selected 10 final names from the 20. Those 10 will be submitted to the School Board at their regular meeting on April 27, which will then select the six nominees for which new schools will be named.

ECISD has not released the final 10 names ahead of next week’s board meeting.

“I’m very proud and pleased with the process that they (committee) have undertaken because I know it was a difficult task” said Board trustee Robert Peña. “When you have a list of 40 or 50 names, and you have to scale that back to only six, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be extremely difficult. I can’t imagine the arduous task that it took to get them to where they are now.”

ECISD is building four new elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and three small fine arts complexes as approved by Edinburg voters in the May 2008 school bond of $111,920,000.

Construction is currently underway on four new elementary schools located at Alberta and Sugar Roads; on Davis Road in north Edinburg; on Rooth Road and Mile 17 1/2; and at Freddy Gonzalez Blvd. and Raul Longoria Road.

Two middle schools are currently under construction at North Alamo Road, and on Rooth Road and Mile 17 1/2. The present Harwell Middle School campus will be re-converted into the Edinburg school district’s fourth high school.

The committee considered various criteria for the selection of a school name including outstanding character and reputation within community; length of service as an educator or community member; impact or influence on education or community or service to country; level of service responsibilities; and innovativeness as a servant leader.

“I can’t imagine the difficulty behind the task because of all the wonderful people who submitted names on behalf of their friends or family,” Peña said of the selection process. “There’s no doubt that all the names that were submitted were representative of the community.”