A middle school set to be built along Hyde Road in west Forsyth County may soon have a name, but local school officials are asking for area residents’ help in picking it.
At the regularly scheduled January meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Education on Tuesday, Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications for Forsyth County Schools, presented the board with name recommendations for the county’s 11th middle school.
According to Caracciolo, the names were chosen for their historical significance to the west Forsyth area after research was conducted by the Historical Society of Cumming/Forsyth County.
During the meeting, District 3 board member Tom Cleveland suggested the name Hendricks Middle School, in honor of former board member Don Hendricks, who served in the county for many years and for whom the school system's Don Hendricks Partnership Award is named after.
The three names include:
Cobb Creek — named for a stream that runs through the property and the family name “Cobb” which apparently “has ties to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the early history of Forsyth County.”
Drew — named for the unincorporated Drew community, which itself was coined for the historic Drew Post Office that operated in the late 19th century/early 20th century and its postmaster, Drew E. Bennett.
Hendricks — Named after board member Don Hendricks, who served on the board for 10 years and was instrumental in the formation of local school advisory councils and the strategic plan, before his death in 2002.
Caracciolo said that these names will now be placed online so members of the public can vote on their favorite of the two or suggest a different recommendation for the name.
She said that for a publicly recommended name to be selected, it must be historically significant to the geography of the area where the school is located, like Settles Bridge Elementary, or in honor of a distinguished deceased person who “has made an extraordinary contribution to the school and district, demonstrated a record of distinction in their respective field” and “demonstrated a positive role modeling and commitment to excellence,” like Denmark High School.
Caracciolo said that public suggestions must include details on the historical background and significance of a suggested name for it to be accepted.
To cast your vote or submit an alternative, visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us.