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Hall's New Name: Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School

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Hall's New Name: Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School
Posted on 04/25/2018
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When a new school opens this fall to replace Fred P. Hall Elementary School, it will also have a new name. The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on Tuesday, April 24, to name the new school the Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School, after a beloved and dedicated longtime school nurse who died in 2013.

A process to consider the possible renaming of the school took place over the last few months and included a community survey and public hearings. Two names emerged as the top contenders.

One suggestion was to continue using the name of Fred P. Hall. He was an administrator and teacher who headed Deering High School’s history department. Hall School, built in 1956, was originally Glenwood Square School but was renamed for Hall after his death.

Rowe’s was the other top name suggested and, after careful consideration, was the one the board chose. School board policy sets key criteria for the naming of a school and Rowe easily met those with her outstanding contributions to teaching and learning and her distinguished service to the Portland Public Schools and by making a significant social contribution locally and statewide. She also loved Hall School students and they loved her.

In almost three decades with the Portland Public Schools, Amanda Charles Rowe tirelessly and courageously served students and families as a health teacher, school nurse, and district school nurse coordinator. She worked at the district, city and state levels to increase students’ health and safety and combat injustice.

Among Rowe’s many accomplishments was combating the fear and hysteria about HIV/AIDS in 1991, educating and reassuring the public so that a 6-year-old infected with HIV could attend Reiche Community School. She also worked to provide each school with automated external defibrillators, which have since saved the lives of heart attack victims in Portland’s public schools. Rowe also helped promote understanding and acceptance of transgender students when a Hall school student was being ostracized.

For a full biography of Rowe, click HERE.

A formal naming ceremony is expected in the future and will be announced once a date is determined. The new school is slated to open this fall.

To watch a YouTube video of Tuesday’s school board meeting, which includes the board’s discussion and vote on the renaming of Hall School, click HERE. The Hall School renaming discussion begins about 25 minutes into the video.