January 14, 2021
Dear Murray Elementary School Community:
Last evening, we issued a news release asking you to participate in the work of our community advisory committee that is reviewing the name of our school.
One of our committee’s strengths is the broad diversity of its representation and moving forward, your views will add to this strength. I hope you will take a few moments to complete our online survey about the name of our school at: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/jmyol1.
This survey provides you with the opportunity to suggest names for our school, which could include keeping our current name. Our work is part of a review of all schools across our school division that are named for an individual.
Our volunteer advisory committee will be making the results of our survey public and they will host an online meeting on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30PM to seek your opinions and ideas about the names that will be offered through the survey. Please email the committee if you wish to speak at the meeting.
I want to share with you what our committee chair, Teller Stalfort, has said, “When you name a school, you are highlighting what is important or inspirational about its community. We'll ask ourselves what is meaningful about our school, our community, our area, our commitment to education, our values.”
Please join us in this important work by taking a few minutes to complete the survey. Also, please do not hesitate to email our committee at any time with your questions or ideas. And, a special request. As part of the committee’s research, we are hoping to talk with anyone who is related to Virginia L. Murray, for whom our school is named. If you have any information or suggestions on how we can contact a relative of Ms. Murray, please email our committee.
Thank you and please stay safe.