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Public can weigh in on new South Hall school names in survey
Will Schofield
Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield

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If you live in the attendance zone for the seventh Hall County high school and middle school, fill out this survey.

Hall County Schools officials are turning to a survey to get public input on potential names for the new seventh district middle and high schools set to open in August 2018 in South Hall.

Superintendent Will Schofield said the survey will be emailed this week to families living in the Johnson and Flowery Branch attendance zones. An email will also be sent to faculty and staff to get their responses as well.

The new district middle and high schools are scheduled to open in 2018 on the site where Flowery Branch High School now sits. Flowery Branch will move to Davis Middle, and Davis will move to South Hall Middle. South Hall will move back to its original site at the Academies of Discovery.

Schofield said the survey lists names that have been suggested over the past 18 months, and those taking the survey will be able to give a first and second choice or can write in up to two choices. Residents must live in the attendance zone for the new schools to vote and will be required to give their address, according to Schofield. The attendance zone for the seventh district schools was approved by the school board last month.

Five of the nine potential school names are people referred to in the survey as “influential Georgians,” including Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Others on the list are: Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Sidney Lanier, a poet, musician, author and soldier who was captured in the Civil War; Margaret Mitchell, an author and journalist who wrote “Gone With the Wind”; and David Dean Rusk, U.S. secretary of state under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.

Other names on the list are: Friendship, Spout Springs, Lake Lanier and Cherokee Bluff.

Schofield said Monday night he hopes to get board approval for a name by August so that those in the school community could begin working to choose a mascot and school colors for the new schools.

“We’ll ask for a quick turnaround,” Schofield said.

The new school name would apply to both the middle and high schools, according to Schofield.

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