Important Decisions This November

Nope, I’m not talking about the presidential elections.  Since this is a blog that provides information about the St. Paul community, I’m of course referring to something much closer to home.

Linwood and Monroe schools in St. Paul, newly merged this year, are in need of a name to reflect its formation.  The two schools will make ballots available to students and community members November 4 to pick a name and school colors for the combined school.  Its curriculum offers arts-focused programs for students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The Linwood school is located in the Summit Hill neighborhood of St. Paul while the Monroe school can be found in the West 7th neighborhood of St. Paul.

Responses from the two school communities suggested that people wanted both school names reflected in the joint name. The name choices are Linwood Monroe Arts Plus; Arts Plus at Linwood and Arts Plus at Monroe; and Linwood Monroe PreK-8. The color choices are green and blue or green and yellow. Linwood's colors had been blue and yellow; Monroe's were green and white.

Monroe, which is located at 810 Palace Ave., will be open to the public that day because it is a polling place for the national and local elections. The ballot box for the school name and colors will be near where people cast their votes for the election. At Linwood, 1023 Osceola Ave., the name and colors ballot box will be near the main entrance.

The ballots will then be tallied and the school's site council will present a recommendation to the school board based on the name and colors receiving the most votes.

There are other newly merged schools in the district that don’t have an official new name either.  Those schools are Farnsworth and Cleveland.

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