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Name that school

District seeks public input in naming of new Dougherty Valley elementary school

The newest San Ramon Valley elementary school, scheduled to open during the 2016-17 school year, is in search of a name.

Representatives from San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools, the city of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Historical Society and the local parent community have formed a small committee and are asking the community to submit suggestions for the school name.

The committee will take all suggestions submitted and work through a process to decide on a name to submit to the Board of Education for its approval.

According to Board of Education policy, new schools can be named within the following criteria:

* In recognition of the geographic area in which the school or building is located

* In recognition of individuals who have made contributions of state, national or worldwide significance

* In recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the county or community

* No school facility will be given the name of a commercial development unless the name existed in the area prior to the development.

Anyone interested in submitting names for the new school is asked to complete the online form by this Wednesday (May 21).

This will be the fifth elementary school in the Dougherty Valley community in eastern San Ramon. The campus is to be situated on a roughly 7.5-acre site located approximately half a mile southwest of the Dougherty Station Community Center and Library, in a yet-to-be developed area of the Dougherty Valley.

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Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Apr 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

Name it after Tom Burnett, San Ramon resident when killed on Flight 93 in PA on 9/11/01 after storming the cockpit with other heroes that day. The overpass named for him on 680 is nice, but a school would be a better and lasting tribute.


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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Apr 30, 2014 at 8:38 am

Matty has an excellent suggestion. Tom Burnett is a hero and it would be a very appropriate honor.


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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Apr 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

Good choice "Matty".


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Posted by taxpayer
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Apr 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

I like Matty's idea. At the same time, I am disgusted that we the taxpayers had to pay for that school when Shapell Homes and the other Dougherty Valley builders should have paid for it with permit fees. Once again, the SRVUSD let developers win and taxpayers lose. There are WAY more children living in that valley then the district projected. They always underproject at the expense of us "little guys"s, the average taxpayer.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

The first thought that popped into my head, after reading the article, was "Tom Burnett Elementary" ... then I saw the comments ... great minds think alike!


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Posted by Tim Conway
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2014 at 4:48 pm

How about Carol Burnett?


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Posted by Random Resident
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

Chesley Sullenberger Elementary


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on May 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Great to see how many people thought of the person I immediately thought of: Tom Burnett....I attended his funeral service at St.Isidore, and although I did not personally know him, it was wonderful to see how many people came out to celebrate his life and try to comfort his wife and daughters...He was a true American hero, god bless him, and lets hope this new school is named after him.


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Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

I also thought of Sully. He'd be a good choice for the next Danville school name... As this one is in San Ramon, I think Burnett is the most appropriate.


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Posted by James von Halle
a resident of San Ramon
on May 5, 2014 at 7:25 am

I agree that Tom Burnett would be an excellent choice. I'm sick of hack politians having public facilities named after them.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

WHY IS EVERYONE LEANING TO MR. TOM BURNETT AND MR. C. SULLENBERGER.

You people just love to feel good inside...There is no good reason to name the school after Mr. Burnett or the pilot that landed in the water.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo.


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Posted by Jim
a resident of San Ramon
on May 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

Julia,
OK, so Sullenberger lives in Danville and is not a San Ramon resident. What he did with the plane is cool and heroic, and I agree that a school should not be named after him. But, I miss your point on Burnett. You say no good reason to name a school after him. Really? Not sure if you know, but Burnett was a resident of San Ramon. What he did was heroic. What am I missing? Give us an example of what you think the school should be named.


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Posted by Pulia Jardini
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Julia Pardini Elementary, home of the Fightin' Needies.


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Posted by Pulia Jardini
a resident of Alamo
on May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Julia Pardini Elementary, home of the Fightin' Needies.


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Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2014 at 2:15 am

Julia - WTF? Really? Is it really all about "us feeling good about ourselves" to name a SR school after a SR resident who was a pure hero and willingly gave his life along with the others on that plane so it wouldn't bring down another building with hundreds or thousands of potential victims like the other 3 hijacked planes did?!?!... Burnett is more than worthy. You seriously need to check yourself. I noticed you didn't even bother to propose someone allegedly more worthy or anyone for that matter. I'm probably getting all fired up over a comment troll of this site, but if you want to add value Julia, then do that.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

My concern is that Burnett's name may be seen as insensitive by the P.C. police since it would remind people of 9/11 and what group is responsible for those acts of horror. No one would want to OFFEND anyone, right? Tom Burnett and his fellow passengers were beyond heroic that day. Let's hope that thought prevails when they are making their decision. Tom Burnett Elementary gets my vote!


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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on May 21, 2014 at 6:41 am

P.S. 680


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Posted by When does this stop
a resident of San Ramon
on May 21, 2014 at 8:51 am

Exhausted seeing everything from roads to overpasses to freeways named after the dead. Yes, they were all heros. But there are many other heros who did not die tragically. Some teachers contribute considerable. How about those who give money or who serve charity? Cancer is a terrible death. So are many others. Where is there overpass? Get the message? Death is part of the risk of life. But the entire state of CA is turning into the city of Berkeley were we have become so extreme about these things. Let's get back t business, stop naming everything after anything we feel terrible about, and agree that death happens. We are all adults acting out our feelings at every opportunity. Let's put our big boy pants on and let the honoring rest with the services and family.


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Posted by give and take
a resident of San Ramon
on May 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

the demographics of that community - dougerty valley, are very good and taking but terrible at giving time and money, unless the time will gain them and their kid some advantage. Nothing we can do about this terrible shift in social responsibility. Very disappointing. Let's name the school Please Give More than you Take.


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Posted by JRM
a resident of Danville
on May 24, 2014 at 6:50 am

Thomas Burnett..........I cannot think of a better choice.


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Posted by citizen of this valley
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

Tom Burnett exemplified courage over personal safety, and the ethical principle of the greater good. It would be fitting to name a school after him, in an area of such great diversity, because he died as an American, fighting evil in human form. It is also important, I think, to have a school that does not have a generic title in this demographic. A school named for a man who tried to save more Americans through personal sacrifice and leadership of others on the plane to FIGHT BACK against an oppressor, I cannot think of a better choice of a name in this valley.

Shame on those who detract from such men and women on this Memorial Day.


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Posted by Debora
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

How about "Freedom Elementary" instead of singally pointing out just one person of 9/11. Make it a school for what those who fight for our country are achieving "Freedom" and what we are so proud to have here in San Ramon and that NOONE will take that away from us.


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