The Hermiston School District Board of Education approved Loma Vista Elementary School as the name for what will be the district’s next elementary school.
Loma Vista roughly translates to “Hill View.” The district, however, said the name will not be used in its translated form. The official name of the school, to be built on district property on Theater Lane, will be Loma Vista Elementary School.
The district released an initial survey in June asking community members for their input on whether the school should be named for its location or community; a famous American; or a local resident who has not been active with the community or schools for at least five years.
According to the district, with more than 200 comments, respondents preferred the school to reference a geographical or environmental feature. Respondents also had the option of submitting a name suggestion for board consideration.
After further board and administration discussion, submitted names were translated into Spanish, and additional Spanish names were added to the suggestions, with the intent of best representing the Hermiston community and district student demographics.
A second input survey was released on August 12 asking the community to rank Artemisa Elementary School (Sagebrush Elementary School), Loma Vista Elementary School (Hill View Elementary School), and La Senda Elementary School (The Pathway Elementary School). With almost 600 responses, Loma Vista Elementary School was the clear leader, based on community feedback.
Bids for the project will go out next spring.