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Board to decide on school name in March

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — Parents, students and staff moving to the new elementary school on Airport Road next school year won't know until at least March what the school will be named.

The Newton County School System recently announced a time line for naming the new elementary school, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2011-12 school year on the site near Ga. Highway 142.

This month, NCSS is expected to solicit input from community and staff via its website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.

At the school board's March work session, which is scheduled for March 8, the board members are expected to discuss the suggested names for the new school and narrow the list of choices to no more than six names.

At its regular session meeting, which is scheduled for March 15, the board will take action to name the new school.

Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.

In December, the school board, which included three members who no longer are on the board, voted to not transfer the name Palmer Stone Elementary School to the new school, as previously discussed.

Palmer Stone's entire student population will move to the new school, as it is being phased out of state funding. Additionally, students from some other elementary schools in the county will attend the new school due to an elementary rezoning plan.

According to Policy FDC, the board is responsible for naming new facilities of the district. Consideration for naming a school facility after an individual, living or deceased, may be given if land was donated by the individual or the individual's family and the land was accepted by the board for the purpose of constructing a school facility or if an individual or individual's family donates the money to purchase land or construct a school facility and the money was accepted by the board for that purpose.