More than 400 request Clemmie Bailey as school name
The name of C.S. Bailey Elementary School for the new elementary school 3 – next to Alston Middle School – was quietly submitted Jan. 13 at the first Dorchester District 2 Board of Trustees meeting of the year.
A petition with 414 signatures supporting the name was handed in with no fanfare along with an explanation of why Mrs. Clemmie S. Bailey deserved a school named after her.
Bailey, it says, was an active individual in the community who put education at the top of her agenda.
“She served as principal of Alston for many years,” the petition said. “Those who taught or were students during her administration are quoted as saying, ‘Her love for children and her desire to enable them to seek and find success through education’ are what make her special.
“She continued her love for children by establishing Lambda Nu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She worked on many community projects including tutorial programs, health fairs and pageants to allow children to express their talents and learn how to become responsible citizens and leaders.”
She “passed away but her love for children continued through her estate. She left behind funds for the sorority to award a scholarship every year to a deserving senior of Summerville High School. The scholarship has been distributed for more than 15 years and will continue into the future.”
The petition concludes: “Education being such a foundation for her life, let us remember her through a cornerstone of love and remembrance.”
Her name will be among the many the board takes into consideration when it decides on the names for the three new elementary schools Jan. 27.