CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most of the parents, teachers and community members who have given their input so far for the name of the new West Side elementary school -- the second new neighborhood school to open in recent years -- voted for "Edgewood Elementary."
While only a handful of people showed at a community meeting held Monday evening to consider the name for the new school, about 100 people have submitted names online, with an overwhelming majority voting for "Edgewood," according to Jane Roberts, Kanawha County's assistant superintendent for elementary schools.
People can continue to vote on the Kanawha County Schools website until Feb. 15. Names will then be submitted to the Board of Education March 4 for a decision.
The $21 million "school of the future," which consolidates J.E Robins and Watts elementary schools and is set to open in 2014, is located just north of Edgewood Country Club.
The school will focus on project-based learning instead of the traditional classroom model and will emphasize individual learning with technology.
Teresa "Tricky" Reed was one of the few people at the meeting held at Stonewall Jackson Middle on Monday to discuss the new name. She suggested the name "Edgewood" to honor the history-rich area, she said.
The Edgewood district is recognized by the National Park Service's Register of Historic Places.
"It's going to be at the top of Edgewood Drive, and then with the surrounding woods, I see it most appropriate. The area itself is ... very historical. It just all fits together," Reed said. "People should come out and give their opinion."
A few young students were in attendance. One also voted for "Edgewood" and another suggested that "woods" or "woodlands" be incorporated into the name. The school, just off Wood Road, will sit atop a woodsy mountain.
Education officials and community members alike just hope that the naming process doesn't turn out like it did for the other West Side elementary school, now named Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary.