Board of Education approves name of new elementary school
Grand Oak Elementary is the newest addition to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. During the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the name of the Huntersville elementary. The school is commonly known as the Torrence Creek Elementary Relief School. It is located off Stumptown Road in Huntersville.

The name, Grand Oak, was the top choice from the community. The focus was on the beautiful, distinctive tree that is on the school site. Many of the community members felt the school’s name would be a great community builder.

CMS Board Policy FF (Naming Facilities) requires that school names represent the geographic area or community in which the school is located, a historical figure or location, or an individual who is deceased whose name has special significance and/or who made an outstanding contribution to the school or school system, community, state or nation.

In January, the district invited the community to make recommendations for naming the school. The top three choices were: Grand Oak Elementary, Franklin Lytle Elementary and Stumptown Elementary. Principal Raymond Giovanelli appointed a school name advisory committee that reviewed, researched and selected three names to be presented to the superintendent and to the Board.

The 39-classroom elementary school is scheduled to open in August 2013. ADW Architects designed the school as a two-story classroom wing, similar to River Gate Elementary. The new school will relieve overcrowding at Torrence Creek Elementary on Ranson Road. The construction project was a part of the 2007 bond referendum. This is the first new school in CMS since the opening of Hough and Rocky River high schools in August 2010.

Community members can learn about the school’s construction updates and view the architectural renderings and a map of the attendance zone by visiting the Torrence Creek Elementary PTA website.