School Committee to Select Name for New Bourne School

Construction continues on the new Bourne elementary school which will replace James F. Peebles Elementary School.

BOURNE – The new elementary school currently under construction in Bourne is expected to open in the spring of 2019, and it still has yet to been given a name.

The community has sent over 100 suggestions of what to name the building to the Bourne School Committee, and a handful of names have topped the list. The committee is expected to select a name for the school during its meeting in December.

The most popular suggestions were the Peebles Intermediate School, the Donald M. Morrissey Intermediate School, and the Bourne Intermediate School.

The school committee discussed the suggestions during a mid-October meeting, with Superintendent of Bourne Public Schools Steven Lamarche stating that he would prefer the school to be named the Bourne Community School.

Lamarche said his preference for the name is based on the expectation being that the building will serve the entire community.

“It really reflects on that we are one community moving forward going through grade span schools and the community is the one who really had to endorse and support the particular school. It keeps the consistency of having Bourne in the names of the schools and it also reflects that we are one community moving forward,” Lamarche said.

Morrissey worked for Bourne Public Schools from 1963 until his retirement in 2009, beginning his career at the Bourne Grammar School, now the Jonathan Bourne Public Library. From 1982 until his retirement, Morrissey was the principal of the James F. Peebles Elementary School.

James F. Peebles was born on Christmas Day in Chelsea in 1892. He worked as the superintendent of the joint Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich district for his entire 29 year career, which spanned from 1927 through 1956. Peebles passed away in 1972.

“When you build a new school it’s not that you want to dismiss the current school’s name, but the school committee has the right and the community has the right to say, ‘let’s take a look at that process,’. It’s not like you build new schools all the time,” said Lamarche.  

By TIM DUNN, News Center 




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