Friday, November 1, 2013
The Dorchester District Two School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the naming process for the three new elementary schools being built in the district.
The board members expressed varying opinions on selecting names, some hoping for larger community involvement than others.
Board Chairwoman Gail Hughes said she would like the community to choose the name directly.
“I think that is the community’s contribution to that school, and the highest vote-getter is what it should be named,” she said.
Board member Barbara Crosby disagreed: “It wasn’t done that way last time. The votes that were put in weren’t considered.”
Board member Sam Clark suggested the board “take the public input and use that information to help guide our decisions, but I hate for it to dictate our selections.”
Public Information Office Pat Raynor said previously the district has posted the name selection information on its website, in the schools and has given a presentation to the Dorchester County Council, before calculating results and presenting them to the board.
A few board members expressed concern on the fairness of voting, worrying people may be able to vote more than once.
In a compromise, the board voted to move forward with the naming process, starting with the review of a communications plan Raynor will present at the next meeting.