By Richard Bammer
Sierra Vista, newly configured as TK-8 school, will not be named after the late Ernest Kimme, but, instead, his name likely will grace a proposed Independent Study charter school that will open in mid-August.
Speaking at Vacaville Unified governing board meeting Thursday, the chairman of the school district’s Facility Naming Citizens Advisory Committee said members earlier this month decided against re-naming the Bel Air Drive campus after Kimme, a beloved former teacher, city councilman and Reporter columnist.
But Ron Drinkard said the IS charter school, its petition submitted at the meeting for approval at a later trustees meeting, may be named after Kimme, either as the Kimme Charter for Independent Learning or the Kimme Program for Independent Learning. It will be housed at 1949 Peabody Road.
Drinkard said the committee’s unanimous decision not to re-name Sierra Vista after Kimme, who died in August 2015, was an “emotional” one.