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Naming committee seeks feedback on elementary school name recommendations

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Elementary School Naming Committee seeks feedback on its name recommendations for Elementary School 23 recently shared with the Board of Education of Charles County. At the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, the naming committee presented three name recommendations for the next new CCPS elementary school (listed in no particular order).

  • Margaret Jamieson Thornton Elementary School.
  • Ronald E. McNair Elementary School.
  • White Plains Elementary School.

CCPS is in the process of building its 23rd elementary school in Charles County to open at the start of the 2025-2026 school year. The school will be located off St. Charles Parkway at 5860 St. David Drive in White Plains.

The committee is collecting feedback through a survey and Feb. 28 virtual hearing. Feedback received during the hearing and through the survey will be shared with the Board.

The Board is set to take action on the school name at a meeting later this spring. The presentation shared with the Board is posted on the CCPS website at Board of Education Policy 7230 guides the school naming process and formation of a naming committee.

The school naming committee is not taking any new school name suggestions; CCPS advertised a deadline for school name submissions of Dec. 1, 2023. Prior to making its three recommendations to the Board, the committee reviewed a list of 50 name submissions against school naming policy criteria. The complete list is posted at

Register to attend the Feb. 28 School Naming Committee Virtual Hearing 

The virtual hearing is 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, on Zoom. Community members interested in providing feedback on the name recommendations during the hearing will need to register in advance. The hearing will also be livestreamed at and posted to the CCPS website.

Register at

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual hearing. Attendees must have an active Zoom account to participate. At the hearing, committee members will review the presentation shared with the Board and listen to feedback from attendees. The chat will be moderated for questions and answers.

Complete a brief survey 

Community members interested in providing feedback on the name recommendations can complete a brief survey posted on the CCPS website at The survey will close 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 1.

Information about the school naming process, as well as the elementary school redistricting process underway that will create an attendance zone for the school, is posted on the CCPS website at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,765 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 38 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).