Our 26th and newest elementary school, located in the northeast portion of our district between Parkside and Reagan Elementary Schools, is slated to open in the fall of this year. One of the most exciting tasks we are given in building a new school is to select its name. As we recognize what an integral part of our district our community members represent, we are once again opening the nomination process to you. We invite you to help us create a short list of potential names for our new school.
A few of Leander ISD’s recently built schools —Tom Glenn High School, opened in the fall of 2016; Christine Camacho Elementary School, fall of 2015; and Florence W. Stiles Middle School, fall of 2012—were named after titans in our community who freely gave of themselves to serve our district, improving the lives of the teachers and students whom they served and working to leave the community better than they found it. Tom Glenn, still known personally to many in our community, spent more than 33 years in education, 28 of which were in LISD, including 20 years as superintendent. He championed continuous improvement for our educators, helped develop the guiding documents that now shape our culture and oversaw incredible growth for our district. In his first year as superintendent, LISD was comprised of 4,589 students, five schools and 662 employees. Upon his retirement, the district had exploded to 24,251 students, 28 schools and 3,299 employees.
Christine Alvarado Camacho served as a registrar at Whitestone and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools in LISD from 2002 to 2013. Later in 2013, she lost a hard-fought battle with colon cancer. The naming of this elementary school reflects Christine’s belief in helping others through love and kindness and being a friend to everyone. To this day, students of Camacho Elementary have developed their own traditions of camaraderie, achievement and distinction in her honor.
Florence Stiles was born and raised in Leander, graduating as salutatorian from Leander High School in 1945. A trailblazer in her own right, she went on to earn a degree in business administration and two teaching certifications from the University of Texas in 1948. Mrs. Stiles spent 19 years as a teacher for LISD, followed by eight years as an administrator in our Instructional Services Department. Additionally, she has been dedicated to community and civic engagement, serving in many parent/teacher associations, as a charter member of the Leander Chamber of Commerce and as founding member of the Leander Public Library.
As I say so often, the LISD community is uniquely fortunate to have so many employees, parents, community members, business and civic leaders who have dedicated themselves to selflessly serving the people and schoolchildren in our area. We are fortunate to live in a city, state and country that has benefitted from so many exemplary leaders. We are fortunate to call home to such a beautiful area with so many natural landmarks that help shape the identity of our community. That is to say, we have a deep well from which to draw potential names for our new elementary school.
If you would like to submit a nomination for the name of Elementary School 26, please visit our website and click the link in the “Latest News” section. There you will find the criteria your nomination must follow, as well as a submission form detailing your nomination. Submissions must be received by Friday, Jan. 20, after which the Board of Trustees will deliberate and select a finalist.
We are grateful in advance for your input and look forward to selecting a namesake that will inspire its young student-leaders for generations!