"But several of Sharples' grandchildren, although happy the school district was finally attempting to uphold its commitment, felt it had set an unreasonable deadline.
Gloria Sharples, a granddaughter who lives in Oakland, Calif., said she and her siblings only learned about the proposal in October and that she hasn't had a chance to visit the Old Hay site.
The family, she said, is willing to consider an elementary school to honor her grandfather, but had a number of conditions. One was that Sharples' name would not be overshadowed by any program at the school. Another was that the name Hay be removed from the two buildings on the site, which the district couldn't guarantee."
Holly Ferguson, a district staff person, said that the Sharples name could be used if another building becomes available.
This is a pretty sad story. They had named a building for Sharples in 1949 and then changed it in 1999 for Aki Kurose, a long time teacher and peace activist. A wonderful person I'm sure but the building was already named. They should have waited for a building for Ms. Kurose. There is another building I can think of with a pretty dull name, South Shore. It's a beautiful new building that houses an Option school. I'm a little surprised they didn't go there except maybe New School might have objected.
Michael De Bell called it a placeholder because he had heard from some people about the issue of it being a site for both Queen Anne and Magnolia children, not just Queen Anne as the name implies (although that is also where it is located). He said he was saying that for the record.
This is the second kind of incident that I can recall offhand where a strong-willed Board member got their way and it has caused problems. The other one is Center School.