I thought I’d make a few comments about my having nominated the name of East High’s first principal, Joel P. Snider, for the name of a new Memphis City Schools elementary school located in southeast Memphis.
Having been a fine example of both civility and academic focus, Mr. Snider deserves, in my opinion, to be remembered permanently for his significant contribution to the region’s educational foundations.
Although it might be more appropriate for a new high school to be named in the honor of Mr. Snider’s legacy, the need for construction of new high schools is unknown pending the merger of the city and county school system.It appears based on the Transition Planning Commission documents and adapting the existing multi-year capital plans of the two systems, no new high school is in the immediate future. (Excluding, of course, any needs by new suburban municipal school districts should they be formed).
The city has been saying a new northeast region high school was needed, particularly when and if a long in litigation annexation in the Cordova area comes about. However, with the consolidation of school systems, the children in those areas could continue attending the county schools they attend now. Of course, one complication is the possibility of new suburban municipal school districts. At this point no one knows for sure if they will be created and if they are, will they serve students outside their municipal boundaries.
In addition to the type of school question, one would also like to think a school named after Mr. Snider would excel academically. Certainly there is no guarantee of that with the southeast region school, or any new school for that matter.
Given the population of us who remember Mr. Snider is dwindling, this new elementary school may be the next and best chance to have a significant facility named for him. Should that not happen, similar nominations can be made when other new schools are built.
Therefore, I thought this was a good time to make the nomination.
If you happen to agree, I doubt your letters or e-mail messages to Memphis City Schools would be of any harm to the concept.