The controversial Campo Verde High School name is being reconsidered after dozens of parents complained to the Gilbert school district.
The school board decided Tuesday to reconsider a new name and get community suggestions for the name of the district’s fifth high school, scheduled to open in the fall at Germann and Val Vista roads.
Parents said they didn’t like the Campo Verde name because it didn’t fit in with the area, wasn’t attached to a district junior high name, and was too close to Camp Verde High. Parents also said they wanted to give input into the high school’s name.
Gilbert mom Sabrina Langford said she’s “thrilled” the board is reconsidering the name. She organized an e-mail campaign, urging parents to voice their concerns to the school board and administration.
“I think that’s a fabulous idea to get community input,” said Langford, who will have four children attend the new high school. “We don’t want to be emotional about this. We want to approach it from a logical, thought-provoking standpoint.”
Board president Helen Hollands said the board decided to reconsider the name after receiving “quite a few” negative e-mails. The board chose the Campo Verde name, which in Spanish means “green field,” at the Oct. 28 school board meeting.
The board voted 3-2 to reconsider a new name, with Hollands and board member Elaine Morrison casting the dissenting votes.
Morrison, who suggested the Campo Verde name, said she voted against the name reconsideration because of the nature of many of the e-mails, which lacked civility. Morrison also said people “really don’t have a sense of history” of the area.
“Gilbert was not always a subdivision,” Morrison said. “I think a trip to the Gilbert Historical Museum might be in order to get a sense of what it used to be like out here and all the different types of families that helped build the community we now call Gilbert.”
A process will be finalized Friday on how the district will get name suggestions from the community. The board will discuss name suggestions at the Nov. 25 board meeting.