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New North Franklin Elementary needs a name

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The South-Western City School District is seeking the public's help in determining a name for the building that will replace North Franklin Elementary.

Superintendent Bill Wise told the school board Monday night, Aug. 12, that a district committee has come up with several possible names for the building, which will be constructed on Holt Road across from Holt Crossing Intermediate School.

The potential names include Holt Elementary, Bolton Elementary (in honor of nearby Bolton Field) and Georgesville Elementary, Wise said.

Other suggestions would attempt to maintain a "central" theme and include Holt Crossing Elementary, Central Crossing Elementary and Crossroads Elementary, he said.

The public will be able to comment via a posting that will be placed on the district's website, www.swcs.us, and a communication will also be sent to residents who live near the new school's location, Wise said.

"We hope the board acts or at least makes a recommendation (most likely at its Sept. 9 meeting) so we can file the legal documents" needed to adopt the new name, he said.

The new school that will replace North Franklin is one of five buildings that will be included in the second phase of the district's Ohio School Facilities Commission construction project.

The second phase will also include new buildings for Darbydale, J.C. Sommer and Stiles elementary schools and a new building to house students from Finland and East Franklin elementary schools.

At its meeting Monday, the board approved the schematic designs for the second phase projects.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the second phase buildings are expected to be held in the spring.

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