Meadville Tribune

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October 10, 2012

‘East End’ is out as work begins on school name

MEADVILLE — The 20 concerned members of the Meadville community who gathered Tuesday afternoon at the building known for generations as Second District Elementary School failed to choose a name for the school. Now it will be up to Crawford Central School Board to decide.

The building houses the school known locally as “East End Elementary School at Second District Elementary School” and officially identified by Pennsylvania Department of Education as East End Elementary School.

In response to a request received last summer from a group of parents residing in the former East End Elementary School attendance area, the school board authorized the formation of a committee under the direction of Crawford Central School District Superintendent Charlie Heller to explore the possibility of finding a suitable new name for the school.

As the committee’s first session moved well into its second hour on Tuesday, there was only one apparent area of agreement: The name of the South Main Street facility should not be East End Elementary School.

Beyond that, committee members were divided into two camps: those who think the name should be Second District Elementary School; and those who think the name should be something else.

The group agreed to a suggestion first put forth by school board member Richard Curry, who attended the meeting.

- Curry will report on the committee’s progress to the school board during its Monday work session, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the district’s Instructional Support Center in Vernon Township.

 - The committee will divide into two subcommittees: those who want to keep the name Second District; and those who want to change it.

- The subcommittee wanting the name to be Second District will prepare a recommendation to the school board to that effect.

- The subcommittee wanting the name to be something else will prepare a recommendation to the board consisting of only one name.

- During the board’s Nov. 12 work session, each subcommittee will have exactly five minutes to present an argument in favor of its recommendation.

- The board will vote on the recommendations during its Nov. 19 board meeting.

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