Concerned Citizens of Dorchester County: Naming new elementary school
On Sept. 30, 2013 Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees and district officials announced the site for a third elementary school has been finalized. The school will be built on property the school district currently owns located on Highway 78 adjacent to Alston Middle School. The new elementary school is scheduled to be built so that it opens in August 2015. This is the first new school built on property of the historically black Alston Elementary and High schools. The current Alston Middle School will remain intact.
The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees are accepting recommendations for the name of the new elementary school and will make a final decision at their regular board meeting on Jan. 27, 2014. We, concerned citizens of Dorchester County, wish to recommend this new elementary school be named the Clemmi S. Bailey Elementary School.
Ms. Clemmie S. Bailey was the last African American principal of the historically black Alston Elementary School, which was integrated with the Summerville School District in 1970 and later named Alston Middle School, which was integrated with the Summerville School District in 1970 and later named Alston Middle School. Prior to being an administrator of Alston Elementary School, Ms. Bailey served as a faculty member of the old Alston Graded School as early as 1947 when the school was located on Cedar Street.
To ensure Ms. Bailey’s name receives due consideration for the new elementary school, we are requesting signatures to be submitted to Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees by Jan. 20, 2014. If you agree with this recommendation, please sign and include your address on the peition being circulated in the community. It is important to preserve the history of African Americans who made a significant contribution to the greater Summerville area.
Thank you for considering our request.
Bro. Earnest Walker
Deacon Samuel Flood Jr.
Rev. Bernie Mazyck