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Flint Hill, Airport top names for new school

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Newton County's 14th elementary school will be named Flint Hill or Airport Elementary School.

The Newton County Board of Education decided on the two names during its work session this week.

About 90 names were submitted to the Newton County School System through a community survey that asked for suggestions over the past few weeks. The name submitted could not be the name of an individual.

Suggested names from community members included Airport, Alcovy, Cherokee, Covington, Flat Rock, Flint Hill, Hazelbrand, Merryvale, Mystic, Newton, Oxford and PRIDE elementary school, among others.

Through a survey of the school board members during the work session, most said they preferred Airport Elementary or Flint Hill Elementary and decided to vote between the two at the board's next meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Newton County BOE building at 2109 Newton Drive N.E., in Covington.

The school is located near Covington Municipal Airport and the section of the county once known as the Flint Hill community.

The new elementary school is scheduled to open in time for the 2011-12 school year on Airport Road near Ga. Highway 142. Its student body will be comprised of Palmer Stone Elementary School's entire student population, as well as some students from some other elementary schools in the county who are being rezoned.

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

According to board policy, 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.

Most recently, new Newton County schools have been named Live Oak, South Salem and Liberty.