Residents of the Gifford Park neighborhood have been campaigning to have their own elementary school since 1999.

Later this year, such a school will open at 32nd and Burt Streets. One proposal would have the school bear the name of the neighborhood.

A naming committee has recommended that the new school in the Omaha Public Schools district be called Gifford Park Elementary School. The school mascot would be the Groundhogs and the school colors would be green, black and yellow or gold.

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OPS closed Yates Elementary, which was the neighborhood school at 32nd and Davenport Streets, in 1999. That building now serves as a community center.

The OPS board will vote on the new school’s name, mascot and colors Monday night.

The school is scheduled to open in August. OPS included $17 million in its 2014 bond issue for the elementary school.

To name the new school, OPS consulted future students of the school, parents, community members and district officials.

An OPS board policy prohibits naming buildings or facilities after someone living or anyone who hasn’t been dead for 10 years. The board must approve all OPS building and facility names.

Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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