Submit your pick for George Fox Middle School by April 7.
Following a vote last month to change the name of George Fox Middle School, the school board is seeking out the public's help in selecting a new one.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools outlined the requirements in a press release, which allows the general public to contribute to the process. Suggestions must consist of people no longer living and who have been deceased for at least three years. Submissions also need to include the person's date of death and significance. According to the school, "suggestions that fail to meet that criteria, are in poor taste, or are otherwise unsuitable for a school building will not be considered."
Once submissions are in, school staff members and families of Northeast cluster students will assemble at the end of April to choose the final name. Names will be published beforehand.
The 72-year-old building has been named after George Fox since 1949. Fox was the superintendent of Anne Arundel County public schools between 1916 and 1946. His legacy has undergone renewed scrutiny with comments he made opposing equal compensation for African American school teachers. After illuminating testimony by community members and educators, a vote to rename the school came to fruition on March 17 in an effort to cultivate a welcoming learning environment for all students.
If you would like to participate, you can send your submission to [email protected] or by mail at the school's address: 7922 Outing Avenue, Pasadena, MD 21122. Suggestions must follow all the guidelines in order to be considered and must be submitted by Wednesday, April 7, at noon.
You can read the full statement here.
Who do you think the middle school should be named after? Let's hear your suggestions in the comments!