CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The naming process for the newest elementary school on Charleston's West Side is about to get under way.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring hopes this time around, things will run a little more smoothly.
"I think this time we will just make an additional effort to get that word out even more than last time," Duerring said Friday in a phone interview.
A community meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Attendees will have the chance to discuss the name, colors and mascot for the new school, located off Wood Road near Edgewood Country Club.
Billed as a "school of the future," the new facility will provide a curriculum laden with project-based learning and increased technology. Slated to open in 2014, it replaces both J.E. Robins and Watts elementary schools.
The county started the naming process for the other new school on the West Side, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School, the same way. Settling on a name became a heated, drawn-out battle between some members of the Board of Education and the community.
After suggesting the names of Mary Snow - the first black principal in Kanawha County following the integration of schools - and other community members, the names were removed from consideration. Officials cited a pending piece of state legislation prohibiting public buildings to be named after living people.
Snow died shortly thereafter, and community members fought to have her name adorn the school building. After months of back and forth, the board voted last spring to include her name at the school.