New schools named

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proves South Salem, Lib­erty Mid­dle

The Covington News - - Local News - By Jenny Thompson

Af­ter de­fer­ring the nam­ing of the county’s new el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school at the Jan­uary meet­ing un­til Tues­day night’s work ses­sion, the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved the names South Salem El­e­men­tary and Lib­erty Mid­dle.

Board mem­ber Cathy Dobbs made a mo­tion to name the sys­tem’s 13th el­e­men­tary school South Salem, which was sec­onded and then unan­i­mously ap­proved by the board.

“ I think it’s im­por­tant for us to honor and rec­og­nize the com­mu­nity of Salem,” Dobbs said, “ which has been a part of this county for a long time and is dif­fer­ent from the school in Rock­dale County.”

Rock­dale County has a Salem High School.

Board Vice Chair Rickie Cor­ley then made a mo­tion to name New­ton County’s fifth mid­dle school Lib­erty Mid­dle.

“ I think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause we have a lot of free­dom and choice in our schools,” Cor­ley said.

The name again was ap­proved unan­i­mously.

Board mem­bers were sched­uled to name the schools at the Jan. 15 meet- ing but de­cided more dis­cus­sion was needed since the names are a per­ma­nent fix­ture of the schools.

The board so­licited com­mu­nity in­put for nam­ing the schools in late 2007. Sev­eral let­ters the board re­ceived sug­gested Salem as a name.

Sev­eral sug­ges­tions in­cluded the names of in­di­vid­u­als, but the board’s nam­ing fa­cil­i­ties pol­icy states an in­di­vid­ual’s name will be cho­sen only if the per­son or per­son’s fam­ily do­nated land or money specif­i­cally for the con­struc­tion of a school.

South Salem El­e­men­tary is sched­uled to open in July and Lib­erty Mid­dle, lo­cated ad­ja­cent to South Salem El­e­men­tary on Salem Road, is sched­uled to open in July of 2009.

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