Mercer Island School District names new elementary school

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – June 25, 2015 – The fourth elementary school in the Mercer Island School District has a permanent Lainie Wion name. Northwood will be the district’s newest elementary school, a name suggested by Lakeridge Elementary fifth grader Lainie Wion.

The MISD Board of Directors selected the name from possibilities submitted to the Elementary No. 4 naming committee, headed by Northwood’s Planning Principal, Aimee Batliner-Gillette.

“I feel excited to be part of Mercer Island history now,” said Wion. “I chose the name because it will draw kids from the north end of the Island, is near the Mercerwood neighborhood, and hasn't been used for a Mercer Island school ever before.”

“I am grateful to the parents and students who participated in naming the school. Our new elementary school now has a fitting and superb name,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano.

Northwood is scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year. The construction project continues to be on time and within budget. The district recently named the teachers who will make up the core team at Northwood, including:

• Heidi Clark – Kindergarten, from Lakeridge
• Mary Jane Dunning - First Grade, from West Mercer
• Trina Sherman - Second Grade, from West Mercer
• Danielle Melin - Third Grade, from Lakeridge
• Lindsay Oliveira - Fourth Grade, from Island Park
• Julie Langley - Fifth Grade, from West Mercer

“These talented teachers, along with Aimee, will serve as the core team for the new school community that we are building with students and families,” said Dr. Plano. “While Northwood’s construction continues, these teachers will collaborate with Aimee to provide the necessary input into decision required to open a new school. They will work directly with Aimee and Fred Rundle, the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services, both of whom have experience opening new elementary schools.”