The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) recently purchased a building that formerly housed The Modesto Bee newspaper staff and printing presses, located at 1325 H Street. It is currently being renovated to accommodate the Child Family Services Division and the Educational Options Division of our county office. Already in operation in the northern portion of the building is VOLT (Valley Occupational Learning and Technical) Institute, which is running certification programs for in-demand positions with local employers. SCOE also has career-technical education programs in the building, such as the Northern California Construction Trades program. Future plans include a child care center that will allow parents who come into the building to leave their children in a safe environment, while interacting with staff or participating in programs on site.
Up until this point, SCOE staff has been referring to the building as:
- 1325 H Street (to distinguish it from the SCOE Offices at 1100 H Street) or
- The former Modesto Bee Building
And it is time now to name the building. We could use your help.
The Board of Trustees for SCOE has policy around the naming of buildings. Board Policy 7310 states that “buildings, grounds, and facilities” may be named in recognition of:
- Individuals, living or deceased, and entities that have made outstanding contributions, including financial contributions, to the school community
- Individuals, living or deceased, who have made contributions of statewide, national or worldwide significance
- The geographic area in which the school or building is located
- The theme or focus of the school program or programs
As per the same policy, the SCOE Board “encourages community participation in the process of selecting names.” To manage this process, a “citizen advisory committee” has been “appointed to review name suggestions and submit recommendations for the Board’s consideration.”
This form has been opened to solicit suggestions from the community. Please submit your personal information and then make a recommendation, including a rationale for why the committee should consider your suggestion.
Please note, the “citizen advisory committee” referenced above in board policy will review all suggestions. Committee members will then make recommendations to the Board, and the final decision shall be rendered by the SCOE Board of Trustees.
The agenda item is scheduled to be heard at the November 13, 2018, Board meeting to be held at 8:30 AM in the Board Room located on the second floor of the 1100 H Street SCOE building.