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Name sought for new middle school
Possibilities include Creekside, Union Hill
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Forsyth County News

SOUTH FORSYTH — Parents and students often are involved in a school’s news and happenings, but this week they have an opportunity to be a part of history.

The Forsyth County school system is conducting voting for a name for Middle School No. 10, which is projected to open in 2016 at 625 James Road, one block south of McFarland Road off Union Hill Road.

Voters can go online at forsyth.k12.ga.us through Friday and choose between three recommendations, all of which have a historical or geographical significance.

The new middle school will be two stories tall, similar to Lakeside Middle, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school system, with Brandywine Elementary — also projected to open in 2016 — on the adjoining property.

The recommended name will then be taken to the school board for approval later this month.

One choice is Creekside, named after the creek that runs diagonally through the school site.

Voters can also choose DeSana, after the late Jim and Jeanne DeSana, who were school and community volunteers for 30 years and contributed $250,000 in scholarships to district graduates.

Union Hill is the third choice, named after the road in south Forsyth. The name has also been associated with the area since the 1830s.

No matter which of the three names is chosen, the middle school will be the first built through the bond referendum voters approved in May, Caracciolo said.

Attendance lines have not yet been established. Typically, Caracciolo said, “that occurs a year prior to its opening.”