225 suggest names for new Schenectady school

About 225 people suggested names for the former St. Luke’s School as part of a contest sponsored by
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About 225 people suggested names for the former St. Luke’s School as part of a contest sponsored by the Schenectady City School District.

The district plans to renovate the vacant building on Albany Street and reopen it in the fall as the city’s 12th elementary school. In October, voters approved spending up to $1.6 million to lease the former Catholic school from the Albany Diocese for $180,000 per year for five years and pay renovation costs. State aid is covering all but $48,000 of the project, and those costs are included in the district’s budget.

St. Luke’s School suggested names

For a list of suggested names for the former St. Luke’s School, click here.

In December, the district launched a contest to rename the school and the deadline was Sunday. Superintendent Eric Ely said he was pleased there were so many submissions.

“It shows a community that cares; it shows a community that is paying attention,” he said.

The names have been turned over to the Board of Education, which will decide on how to trim that down to a manageable number.

“I think they’re going to try to decide on a name sometime in February,” he said.

Ely said there were many duplicate suggestions and some were very similar, but he counted between 125 and 150 unique names.

“I would say there’s a lot of good submissions. Many are based on people. Many are based on the industry of the city, the history of the city. I think it’s a good mix of possibilities for the board to discuss,” he said.

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