Three renaming options presented for renovated Eastview

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to the official title for District’s 882’s renovated preschool and kindergarten center, the word “Eastview” will be retained in the building name.

Eastview Education Center, Eastview Family Education Center, and Eastview Sunrise Education Center were the three choices presented Monday night to the Monticello School Board.

Superintendent Jim Johnson briefed board members on the name choices, stepping in for Principal Eric Olson, who was busy working the kindergarten registration.

School board members are scheduled to make a name selection at their March 20 meeting.

Johnson reported that there’s been an overwhelming response from parents and district staff to keep Eastview in the building name.

“It’s a unique building.” Johnson said. “It’s a building that’s going to house our youngest kids, and our oldest kids. We’ll have preschoolers, kindergarten, and Connect 5, our 18-to 21-year-old students, all under one roof.”

During Monday night’s meeting, Johnson used a slide presentation previously prepared by Olson to explain the school naming process.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the official names of the current Eastview building read as follows: Monticello Early Childhood Special Education, Monticello ECFE (Family Education), and Monticello School Readiness (Preschool).

The school district’s telephone directory lists the building the Eastview Family Center and the name on the front of the current building is Eastview Elementary and Family Center.

Johnson said Olson sent a letter to all parents, who have a child on the district’s census from birth to age five, requesting feedback on the naming process.

“More than 40 parents provided feedback,” Johnson said, adding Olson discussed naming concepts with the Eastview Parent Task Force and visited with an advocate “Stay-At-Home-Mom Group.”

Olson also sent out two district surveys, collecting more than 536 responses. “The community believes that changing the name would cause confusion,” Olson stated in his presentation.

He added: “People who have lived in the community would continue to call the building Eastview regardless if the name changed. The feeling is to keep Eastview in the name, but to select words that better accompany Eastview and pay tribute to the wide variety of programs underneath the roof of this unique building.”

As Olson started to share and get community feedback, building staff also wanted Eastview to take a name tied to its purpose, Johnson said.

“People who work out of the building have a lot of pride in that Eastview name. The parents did as well,” Johnson said. “We don’t have a recommendation, one way or the other,” he added. “I think they are all good names.”

Johnson said Monday night if a favorite among the three Eastview naming choices comes to the forefront over the next couple of weeks, that information will be passed to the board.

“We want to present this to you tonight so you could make a decision in two weeks,” Johnson said.

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