During a regular meeting on Oct. 5, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees voted to rename one school and name four new school facilities to open during the 2018-2019 school year. One of the highest honors bestowed upon an individual who has made an everlasting impact in the local community is to become a school namesake. The motivation for this naming opportunity is to honor people of the highest character while providing students with role models and a sense of the rich history and diversity of the Southern Nevada community.
The four new schools will be named as follows:
• Shirley A. Barber Elementary School, at South Spencer Street and East Pyle Avenue
• Kenneth Divich Elementary School, at Farm Road and North Jensen Street
• Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School, at Beltrada Avenue and Via Italia
• Dennis Ortwein Elementary School, at Dean Martin Drive and Interstate 15
Steve Cozine Elementary School was renamed Steve and Linda Cozine Elementary School. When the school was originally named 15 years ago, Linda Cozine could not be included as a namesake with her husband because she was working for the school district at the time. As Ms. Cozine has retired more than two years ago, now meeting policy requirements, the school requested to add her as an official part of the school namesake.