The naming process held for that school was similar, as the community was engaged and school officials took suggestions. But in that case, the process later spiraled into many meetings with heated arguments.
Bob Hardy, who was involved in the naming of Mary C. Snow, attended Monday's meeting and was disappointed in the turnout.
"Evidently the people don't care what the school is going to be called. I just hope for the board's sake they don't get into a fiasco like they did the last time," he said. "I've seen the process, and it is very open so whatever happens from here is up to the people."
Pete Thaw, president of the Kanawha County Board of Education, hopes that everyone has learned from the past and is ready to name the school whatever the community decides.
"I hope the community participates fully and actively, and I will abide by whatever they want, but I hope it's the whole community," Thaw said. "This is their chance, and they better take it because if they don't, I don't want it to be another battle of little groups. I want the entire community to make the decision. I'll support that decision."
Another suggestion during Monday's meeting was for the school to be named after Judge James H. Brown, who helped write the state's constitution and whose descendants acquired the property that the school is being built on.
Henry Nearman, the current principal at J.E Robins who will become the principal of the new school, said it's important to involve the community in the naming process because that involvement is at the core of the school's policy.
"It's a community school, and we want the community, the parents, students and staff to have an input. It's going to be an amazing school for everyone, and we want everyone to be informed and ask questions if there's anything they don't know about," he said.
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