Process to Name New School Building at McNair Elementary School

Community invited to provide input on name

During the past several months, the new school building at McNair Elementary is quickly taking shape. The construction crews have been hard at work inside and outside the building to get it ready. The new building will be ready for students at the beginning of school year 2020-21. 

Region 5 Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Baenig sent a letter to parents to explain the process for naming the new building.

Process to Name New Building

Letter sent to parents to provide information on the process to name the new building

Community Meeting

A community meeting was held on Wednesday, February 19 to learn more about the process, including historical information about the property and how it came to be the location for McNair Elementary School. Click below to view the presentation.

After the presentation, people worked in small groups to provide feedback. They wrote down suggested names for the new building and what should be considered when selecting a name for a school community when there are two buildings on the same campus.

Community Feedback

Name suggestions and considerations

If you were not able to attend the community meeting, we invite you to send name suggestions to us electronically at or mail them to: 

Fairfax County Public Schools

Region 5 Office

8115 Gatehouse Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

We will be accepting name suggestions until February 27.

Public Hearing

As part of the public comment period, a public hearing before the School Board will be held on February 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3033 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA.  If you would like to speak at the public hearing, please sign up

Staff will compile all the name suggestions and submit them to the Superintendent and the Fairfax County School Board. The Superintendent will make a recommendation to the School Board for consideration. 

The Superintendent’s recommendation will be scheduled as new business at the School Board meeting on March 5. Once the name recommendation has been made, another one month period of public comment will begin. We will hold another community meeting on March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to collect any additional feedback you offer. A second public hearing before the School Board will be held on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School.

Staff will compile the feedback and submit it to the Superintendent and the School Board. The School Board will vote on the name of the new school on April 23.