But hey, school boards have a long and storied history of doing what they want to do regardless, and this one is no different. Two submitted names for the former Canyon Leadership Institute were dismissed out of hand, and instead the trustees apparently made up the awe-inspiring moniker of "Memorial High School" on the spot. Betcha all those committee members who volunteered hours of their time these past few months really appreciated that one.
But Calista had her say before the board, and I'm still proud of her for speaking up. Even though she didn't sway any of the trustees, she did make an impression on the reporters in attendance, and is quoted in both the San Antonio Express-News and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung:
Calista Blaschke, 7, said she and her classmates at Comal Elementary hoped to honor the Crocodile Hunter with the Morningside area school.
“I would like to call it Steve Irwin Elementary because that’s my favorite and my class’s favorite too,” said the second-grader. “He’s taught me a lot of stuff I didn’t know.”
When was the last time you heard of children expressing any enthusiasm for naming a school? Yeah, I thought so. Calista's happy about being quoted in the news, but she says she'd rather have the school named after Irwin. The trustees, obviously, just don't get it.
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