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BOE names new school in south Forsyth
Original Brandywine burned 60 years ago
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth County’s 21st elementary school will be called Brandywine.

The Board of Education voted 5-0 on Thursday night to approve the name for the school, which is slated to open in 2016.

Board member Kristin Morrissey described it as an “excellent choice,” with chairwoman Darla Light noting the name offers a “piece of history” for that community.

The name pays tribute to the former Brandywine School, which was destroyed by fire in 1953.

After its destruction, students were combined with those at Bethelview School to form Midway Elementary.

The Brandywine name honors a Revolutionary War veteran who lived in the area and fought in the 1777 Battle of Brandywine.

The school will be built on Martin Drive, south of McFarland Parkway.

Other names considered for the school included McFarland and Rogers Mill.

A survey of the three choices was sent to schools in the area, as well as local school council members, who selected Brandywine.

Superintendent Buster Evans said he plans to extend an invite to students who attended the old Brandywine School.

“We’ll make sure that those people are invited to come back for the ground breaking or building opening, so they can come back and see a little bit of the different Brandywine School opening in 2016,” he said.