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New school named for longtime benefactors
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Forsyth County News

SOUTHWEST FORSYTH — Future students of what was once known as Middle School No. 10 now know exactly where they will be going when it opens in 2016.

The facility’s naming committee decided on DeSana Middle School, with the Forsyth County Board of Education unanimously approving the recommendation during a meeting Thursday night.

The committee met Sept. 26 to review the naming policy and procedures and visited the site to narrow the choices to three.

The public was then asked to vote on Creekside, DeSana or Union Hill, all of which have a historical connection to the site. The school will be built at 625 James Road, one block south of McFarland Road off Union Hill Road.

DeSana — named 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 — received 1,103 votes, or 51 percent of the total.

Creekside and Union Hill received 20 and 20 percent of the votes, respectively.

The popular vote results were reported to the committee, which included: Kathy Rohacek, Vickery Creek Middle’s principal; Laurie Vandergrift, a Vickery parent; Terri North, Piney Grove Middle’s principal; Heidi Hausler, a Piney Grove parent; George Pirkle, a Historical Society representative; and Tim Amerson, a facilities planner with the school system.