Newton County Board of Education Chair Eddie Johnson wants to name the entrance to the new school after the school's mascot, the ram.
COVINGTON -- One Newton County Board of Education member wants Newton High School to have a piece of its history upon its move to a new site.
School board Chair Eddie Johnson said he was interested in naming the entrance road to the replacement Newton High School something like Ram Boulevard or Ram Circle. Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent of Operations for the Newton County School System, noted that the address of the new school is 601 Crowell Road North, which was previously secured, but the school has two entrances.
Currently, Newton High School, which was built in 1974, is located at 140 Ram Drive in Covington, and the school's mascot is a ram.
Carpenter said that he will look into the options, and Johnson suggested that the public should get to decide what the street name will be.
The new school is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2013-14 school year. The site is located on nearly 118 acres of land on Crowell Road North that also fronts Jack Neely Road.
Carpenter reported to the school board last week that all roofing has been completed and HVAC work is ongoing. Overall, the project is 86 percent completed and currently on schedule.
The replacement project is budgeted to cost more than $54 million.
The school board plans to tour the building before it opens.