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Student suggest names for new Chambersburg school

'Oceanview' misses the cut

'Oceanview' misses the cut

January 10, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For lack of a great body of salt water in the vicinity, it will not be named Oceanview Elementary, but the new school being built in Chambersburg might not be named U.L. Gordy, either.

Oceanview was No. 5 on the list of 22 names that students from the Mary B. Sharpe, King Street and U.L. Gordy schools came up with for the school, which is being built on the site of the former U.L. Gordy, said Catherine Dusman, the Chambersburg Area School District's assistant superintendent for Elementary Services. Only the top four are in the running to become the school's name when it opens in 2009.

The Chambersburg School Board voted 5-4 Wednesday night to consider the students' choices for the school. Board President Thomas Orndorf was joined by board members Renee Sharpe, David Sciamanna, Ann Boryan and Lori Leedy in supporting the motion with Stanley Helman, Red Rice, Norman Blowers and Joseph Tosten in opposition.

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Students who attended the old Gordy, named for the district's superintendent during the Great Depression, King Street and Sharpe will attend the school when it opens. Their top choices were Franklin Street, West End, Benjamin Chambers and Thomas Jefferson, Dusman said.

One was the prohibitive choice, but Dusman would not reveal which.

ABC Elementary, Beacon Light and West Side were some of the other choices that did not make the cut, said Gladys Leon, the assistant principal at Hamilton Heights Elementary, who will be principal of the new school.

Benjamin Chambers was a popular choice because he was the borough's founding father, Leon said. Students came up with Jefferson because he was the third president and this school will combine three schools.

There was discussion of changing the school's name a year ago, but it did not come to a vote. Helman and Blowers said they thought that was essentially the end of the discussion.

Helman noted that the school that replaced the old Fayetteville Elementary this year retained the same name.

Sharpe said her daughter attends Sharpe and was excited when her class got to vote on the choice of names.

"This makes them feel ownership in the school," Leedy said.

A vote to change the name, or keep U.L. Gordy, will come next month, Orndorf said.

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