Michelle Obama Elementary, Locally It’s Possible

School leaders in Montgomery County are looking at possibly naming a new school after First Lady Michelle Obama.

Supporters in the county have sent a letter to county leaders in support of naming an elementary school in Clarksburg under construction to be named after Michelle Obama.

The committee of 16 residents looking at what to name the school voted to name the school “Snowden Farm Elementary”. That is the name of one of the first families who settled in that area and the same name as the road that the school will sit on. Second on the list was Michelle Obama Elementary.

Four other names were given to the Board of Education include; Harriet R. Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune and Ida B. Wells. The final decision will be that of the Board.

The Board of Education in align with their policy are being urged to consider names of women and minorities so there is equal representation among school names.

To date there are 135 elementary schools in the county. 11 schools are named after men. 8 are named after women. There are no elementary schools names after black or minority women.

The board has their next scheduled meeting on April 29th at 6:45 p.m. Residents can send their comments to boe@mcpsmd.org.

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