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TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools has appointed an ad hoc School Naming Committee to help create a recommendation for an official name for the combined Gilcrease Elementary and ECDC Bunche pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade school that will open in the current Bunche building in August 2019. The School Naming Committee is inviting community members to be part of the school naming process by attending the Gilcrease and Bunche School Name Information Night on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at the Tulsa Dream Center (200 W. 46th St. N.). 

The School Naming Committee began working on the developing a name recommendation in early June. Based on their work together and community input to date, the School Naming Committee has narrowed down the list of potential names to Maya Angelou; John Hope Franklin; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Barack Obama; and Michelle Obama. The district expects 100 community members to attend the event on June 18 to learn about the potential names and share their feedback.

Community members are also invited to provide feedback online at or in person with paper surveys available at Rudisill Library, Suburban Acres Library, Antioch Baptist Church, Tulsa Dream Center, the Tulsa Health Department, and Warehouse Market Grocery Store. The electronic and paper surveys will be open until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19.

The School Naming Committee will use feedback from the community event and surveys to help develop recommendations to provide to the board of Education. The board is expected to consider the recommendation in July.

The process for naming schools is governed by Board Policy 8102 and Board Regulation 8102-R.

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