EASLEY –The list of potential names for Easley’s second middle school includes three — J.C. Brice, Clearview, and Pendleton Street.
A naming committee met in the district board room at the administrative center in Easley on Nov. 13 to discuss the name of the new middle school scheduled to be in operation for the fall semester of 2013.
“The district sought public input and received more than 100 suggestions with more than 60 of those suggestions naming the school, Easley Middle School. Some of the other top suggestions were Pendleton Street Middle and J.C. Brice,” said John Eby, public information specialist.
The “Naming Committee” is an advisory committee made-up of community members selected by the district as well as two board members, Judy Edwards and Jim Shelton.
“Their task is to make recommendations of three names for the new school,” Eby said.
A list of suggestions was supplied to each member of the committee.
“Both board members said that they would not support the school being named Easley Middle because it would make the people at Gettys Middle appear secondary,” Eby said.
Several committee members agreed with the board members and changed their suggestions.
“Jim Shelton suggested the name Clearview, which was once the Easley area’s segregated African-American high school, to honor its history,” said Eby.
Each committee member wrote their top three suggestions and submitted those recommendations to the school district.
“We tallied them up, and the top recommendations were J.C. Brice, Clearview, and Pendleton Street,” Eby said.
Those three names will be submitted to the school board on Nov. 26.
The board meeting will be open to the public.
Upon review, a decision will be made at the board’s discretion.