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New Stafford school will honor reformer
Stafford County next school has a new name: Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School.

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Date published: 9/26/2001

Stafford County's next elementary school will be named for a social reformer from the early 1900s.

The county's School Board voted unanimously last night to name the school after Kate Waller Barrett, a doctor and humanitarian.

Barrett was reared in the Widewater area and is buried at Aquia Episcopal Church. She started the National Florence Crittendon Mission, which helped unwed mothers and their children.

She helped create the American Legion Auxiliary and was a charter member of the League of Women Voters. She raised six children with her husband, the Rev. Robert Barrett. She is buried at Aquia Episcopal Church.

Board member Barbara Cole made the suggestion based on Barrett's contributions to the county, state and country.

Board members had previously suggested several names for the school, including Lindbergh A. Fritter Elementary, Fritters Lane Elementary and Katharine Graham Elementary.

Barrett Elementary is the second county school named after a woman. The other is Anne E. Moncure Elementary School, which honors a longtime teacher.

The elementary school, expected to open next fall, is being built off Fritters Lane in North Stafford. The school will pull students from Winding Creek, Park Ridge, Hampton Oaks and Moncure elementary schools.

In other business, the board:

Heard from Sabrina Favrel, a former volunteer crossing guard for Hampton Oaks Elementary School. Favrel said she was concerned that the school system does not have enough trained, suitable crossing guards. She wants the board to fund a paid, permanent crossing guard position to help keep children safe.

Approved payment of $19,855 to Father Flanagan's Boys' Home for anti-bullying training for the staff at Rocky Run Elementary School. The program is already in place at the middle school alternative education program and Stafford Elementary School. The program will also be expanded to Hartwood Elementary School later this year.