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Clearview is the choice

The Troup County School Board voted unanimously to name the system’s new elementary school as Clearview Elementary School Thursday night.

Clearview will replace Whitesville Road Elementary, and is being constructed on South Davis Road. The school system accepted name suggestions for it from Nov. 17 to Jan. 12. A total of 17 names were suggested for the new school and the board discussed them Monday night.

Clearview emerged as the frontrunner, and on Thursday the entire discussion and vote took approximately a minute. Ted Alford made a motion to name the school Clearview and shortly after the board voted unanimously in favor.

Cathy Hunt and Joe Franklin were not at Thursday night’s meeting.

Clearview became the favorite after the board decided it was best not to name the school after a person. That essentially left only six options — Clearview Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Empowerment Elementary, Progressive Elementary, North Star Elementary and LaGrange Elementary.

The other suggested names were Ralph T. Johnson Elementary, Oliver and Annie Green Elementary, Burdette Elementary, Lewis L. Banks Sr. Elementary, Ed Smith Elementary, Dr. Ed Smith Elementary, Oliver Greene Elementary, J.H. Hawkins Elementary, Davis-Burdette Elementary, Louis T. Wright Elementary and George McIntosh Elementary.

“I think any of those [people] would be great, but if you name it for one, you’ve eliminated all the others, and they are just as deserving,” Alford said Monday. “That’s one of the reasons we decided to stay away from names. Clearview Elementary sounds like a good one.”

Clearview Elementary School is slated to open in August.