New elementary school will soon be named!
New elementary school will soon be named!
Posted on 03/28/2018

The Puyallup School Board is set to name the new southwest elementary school at its April 2 regularly scheduled meeting at the Karshner Center. Seven names have been recommended to the school board for their consideration.

The new elementary is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019. Construction will begin within the next few weeks.

In selecting a name, the board will follow District Policy and Regulation 6970, Naming School Sites, Public Spaces Within, and Public Areas.  To be considered the name must represent geographical characteristics of the area in which the facility is to be located, or be named after persons who have attained local, state and/or national significance and prominence, and have not been directly affiliated with or employed by the Puyallup School District for a minimum of five years prior to the date of nomination. 

Each board member was provided with more detailed information as to why the names were initially submitted.
School Name

The naming process

Staff, students, and community members were encouraged to submit ideas along with a written rationale. Naming guidelines were provided per District Policy and Regulation 6970, Naming School Sites, Public Spaces Within, and Public Areas. Ideas were solicited over a 30-day period.

After the names were collected the public was invited to attend two public hearings where they could provide input.

An advisory committee was formed to review the submittals and recommend 5-7 names for the board to consider. The nine member committee is comprised of community members, a parent, students, and staff.

After receiving 439 names the committee reviewed the submittals for duplicates and those names that did not meet the naming criteria. They reduced the list to 88 names, and after thoughtful and reflective dialog recommended the six names for the school board to consider.

Research of surrounding school districts was done to ensure the potential names would not duplicate schools nearby.

The original recommendation from the Naming Committee included seven names. Dessie Evans, a former Puyallup School District teacher was most humble when she learned her name had been recommended. Ms. Evans’s name was taken into consideration by those attending the two public hearing held on March 8 and 13.

She respectfully requested her name not be recommended to the Board of Directors.

However, after conversation with her family and close friends, Ms. Evans has agreed to allow her name to be considered as one of the seven names recommended to the school board.

On Monday evening, April 2, at their regularly scheduled meeting, the PSD Board of Directors will consider the following names recommended by the Naming Committee (listed in alpha order):

Alder View Elementary
Dessie Evans Elementary
Hawkridge Elementary
Legacy Elementary
Logan Lewis Elementary
Marge Salmon Elementary
Tahoma Crest Elementary


The new elementary is one of six elementary 2015 bond projects. They include replacing Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, a 12 classroom addition to Hunt Elementary, and building a new elementary school on undeveloped district-owned property on 144th Street near 86th Avenue, west of Meridian.