School district receives naming approval from the Menominee Tribal Legislature
Oshkosh’s new elementary school, which will open in the fall of 2024, will be named Menominee Elementary School. The Menominee Tribal Legislature approved the District’s request to use the Menominee name during its meeting on February 2, 2023. The Oshkosh school board previously approved the name, pending approval by the Menominee Tribal Legislature, during their January 28 Regular Meeting. Menominee was the top vote-getter in the District’s community-wide surveying process, which was used to provide guidance to the Board of Education in naming the new elementary school.
The OASD and Menominee tribal leaders are committed to developing and maintaining a collaborative relationship as part of this naming decision. The District will work closely with tribal leaders during the school’s construction process to seek insight and guidance on the school branding, colors, and mascot. Additionally, the District is excited to partner with the Tribe on future education efforts.
This is an exciting time for the entire community and its continued engagement and support is appreciated. In the coming months, students, families, and staff who will attend the new elementary school will take part in the process of choosing the school’s mascot and colors.
The new elementary school is one component of the first phase of the District’s long-range facilities plan, which received voter support through the success of the District’s 2020 capital referendum. The new elementary school will be located on the site of the current Webster Stanley Elementary and Middle School. Slated to open for the 2024-2025 school year, it will become home to students currently enrolled at Merrill, Washington, and Webster Stanley Elementary schools. Beth Galeazzi, current principal of Webster Stanley Elementary School, was named principal of the new elementary school in May 2022. Middle school students from Merrill and Webster Stanley will have previously moved to Vel Phillips Middle School which will open for the 2023-2024 school year. To learn more visit www.oshkosh.k12.wi.us/facilities.