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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Rochester School Board will have to wait for another meeting to adopt a name for the district’s new elementary school.

The board discussed the issue for 20 minutes at Tuesday’s meeting but did not take a vote.

The top two choices are Henry Plummer and Overland, which were selected through public input last fall. The school is scheduled to open in September.

Rochester Public Schools
Rochester Public Schools

Here is information from Rochester Public Schools on the five names that were picked from a list of suggestions from citizens:

  • Henry Plummer Elementary School: Dr. Henry Plummer was a brilliant physician and engineer. Exemplifies life-long learning and achievement for
    the betterment of his local community and the world. Strong Rochester connection. Dr. Plummer was a SE MN native that made revolutionary
    medical and engineering innovations right here in Rochester.
  • Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School: We hope to judge all students by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. He was
    able to influence society in a huge way without losing his integrity or demoralizing his values. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The time is always right to do what is right - one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Advocated for Civil Rights. During this time of the BLM movement and separation in our country naming this school after Martin Luther King Jr. would be a symbol of hope, we have to follow in his footsteps with his teachings in our community and nation.
  • Overland Elementary School: Overland Drive is the name of the roadway that connects the community to this school.
  • Sarah Burger Stearns: She was a committed reformer dedicated to the cause of women’s rights. She founded one of Minnesota’s first suffrage
    organizations, the Rochester Woman Suffrage Association, in her home city of Rochester.
  • Wóksape: This is the Dakota word for wisdom. This would be a way to honor the indigenous people of this area. Both the Dakota and RPS value
    gaining wisdom through education and experience.

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