Fort Mill close to naming schools

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill Elementary schools Nos. 6 and 7, both under construction and slated to open in 2009, might receive proper names in the near future.

The school board Monday night received recommendations from a committee that suggested Nation Ford Elementary School for No. 6 and Pleasant Road Elementary School for No. 7. No. 6 is located on Farmhouse Road in a parcel adjacent to Nation Ford High. No. 7 is being built off Pleasant Road.

Second and third choices for No. 6 were Sugar Creek Elementary and Greenway Elementary. Second and third choices for No. 7 were Pleasant Ridge Elementary and Northwest Elementary.

The committee was composed of Chuck Epps, district assistant superintendent of administration and instruction; Springfield Elementary Principal Scott Frattaroli; elementary school teacher Denise Reichenbach; Pleasant Road community member Rusty Adkins; and Springfield area community member Bobby Osborne.

The committee members sought recommendations from parents, community members and faculty, Epps said.

The proposed school names will get some media exposure before the next meeting, board member Michael Johnson pointed out.

"I think we'll get more feedback before the next meeting," he said.

Strawberry Fields?

A total of 42 names were suggested for No. 6. They ranged from the sublime -- Strawberry Fields, Hillside and Spring Branch elementary -- to the ridiculous -- Fort Mill Good School and The United School of America.

The name "Flint Hill Elementary" also was suggested for No. 6 because of its proximity to the original Flint Hill School located at Flint Hill Baptist.

The committee favored Nation Ford Elementary because it is behind Nation Ford High. Nation Ford was selected for the high school because Nation Ford was the trading pathway of the Catawba Indians that ran through what is now the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Greenway is very close to the schools.

Thirty-three names were suggested for No. 7, from "The Smart School Elementary" and "Red Head Elementary" to "Pleasant View," "Pleasant Hill" and "Pleasant Place" elementary.

Epps said some suggested taking "Road" out of the name and calling it simply "Pleasant Elementary."

"I like Pleasant Elementary," quipped board member Chris White. "It's pleasant."

Board members, hoping for more feedback, expect to make a decision soon.