School naming issue likely to return

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 19, 2013 

The Muscogee County School Board is expected at its meeting today to again discuss the naming of the new elementary school being built on Benning Drive.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center on Macon Road.

In other action, the board will vote on the appointment of three assistant principals.

The board will also vote on a resolution honoring former district administrator Eddie T. Lindsey Jr., who died last week.

Kendrick High School will be recognized by the board for a national honor it was presented recently by the Southern Regional Education Board for improving test scores.

District 3 representative Athavia "A.J." Senior has nominated the name of Dorothy Height for the school now known as New Elementary School No. 7.

Height was a leading civil rights leader in this country

but has no direct connection to Columbus.

At last week's work session, some board members said they believed that someone with local ties should be honored. Lindsey's name was brought up.

Senior has previously planned to nominate former Carver High principal Samuel P. Charleston but changed her mind.

At the session last week, Senior said, "Everything doesn't have to be about Columbus to be honored and recognized. I ask this board to diversify."

Cathleen Heider is being recommended as assistant principal at Clubview/Gentian Elementary. She is a teacher at North Columbus Elementary.

Christine Powell, a teacher at Northside High School, is being recommended as assistant principal at Northside.

Felicia Thompson is being recommended as assistant principal at Dimon/St. Mary's Elementary. She is currently an academic coach at Double Churches Middle School.

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