The Royse City Independent School District will be hold a dedication ceremony Saturday for the naming of Ouida Baley Middle School.
Student performances are scheduled for the ceremony, scheduled 9:30 a.m., at the middle school, located 1310 Hwy 66. Members of the Baley’s family, along with her friend Jo Nell Mellody, will also be speaking at the event.
Trustees approved the namesakes of the district’s two middle schools in November 2018. The district’s current middle school will be named after Ouida Baley, who dedicated 33 years as an educator in the district before her passing in February 2014.
She was also the wife of former Royse City Mayor Jerrell Baley.
“Ouida never met anyone that she didn’t like – that she loved, for that matter,” an emotional Jerrell Baley said at the November board meeting after trustees announced the namesakes of the district’s middle schools.
The Royse City ISD school board also announced in 2018 that the new middle school currently being built in Fate will be named after longtime Trustee Bobby Summers. The current middle school is also undergoing renovations.
A new sign that reads, “Ouida Baley Middle School” can be seen displayed at the campus.
Work on both middle schools was made possible through a $60 million bond passed by voters in May 2018. More than 79 percent of local voters approved the bond.
To name the two schools, the district formed a community committee and circulated a survey to hear public opinion on what the campuses should be named.
Superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Royse City Herald-Banner that more than 260 people responded to the online survey.
Worthy also said 65 percent of those respondents chose the two names that will represent the two middle schools. Both middle schools will keep the “Bulldog” as their mascots.