Pasco School District needs a name for the new early learning center.
Meier Architecture Engineering is planning to convert the Pasco Senior Center into a preschool and work is expected to start in January on the Seventh Avenue building.
Officials began working on the center in 2015 after saying they wanted to serve the most at-risk students. The district isn’t responsible for providing pre-kindergarten education, but administrators said helping academically troubled students before they reach kindergarten makes them more likely to graduate from high school.
The district spent $1.2 million to purchase the building, and $4 million to renovate it, said Randy Nunamaker, the district’s executive director of operations.
District policy requires the building’s name needs to be known and significant to people, and not conflict with the names of other schools.
The names making the final list are expected to honor people contributing to the development of children, or reflect early learning concepts, district officials said.
Names of living people usually aren’t accepted unless they are connected with the community, inspired others and overcame obstacles.
Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and are due by midnight Nov. 21.
District officials are asking for volunteers to help narrow name submissions into a candidate list for the school board.
The committee meets twice — on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 — starting at 5:30 p.m. at the C.L. Booth Building at 1215 W. Lewis St.