Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

At long last, a name

Building designated ‘Eudora Community Learning Center’

March 18, 2004

As of March 11, the downtown building with a bevy of different names to describe it has one -- officially. The USD 491 Board of Education agreed on the name Eudora Community Learning Center at last Thursday's meeting.
Superintendent Marty Kobza said the discussion was prompted by phone calls from Eudorans involved in activities at the district's former middle school building, at 10th and Main streets. He said people wondered why there wasn't a better name for the old middle school/community center/voc-ed build-ing.
The Board decided the name should reflect the different uses the grounds encompassed, including the vocational education program's culinary, health careers and auto collision classes, as well as some of the city's recreation classes and a child care program for early release days.
For those reasons, the Board wanted to ensure that "learning" and "community" were included, especially the latter because of the district's promise during the bond election that the facility would be available to the Eudora community as a whole once it was no longer used as an attendance center.
As for making the name change outwardly apparent, Kobza said the district could put the building's name on the marquee out front.
Although the Board came to a quick consensus, it also tossed around the idea of having a contest for Eudora's students to name the center, so long as a specific person's name was not an option, a lesson learned with the inception of the plainly-named Eudora West Elementary School.
"It's an emotional nightmare," said Board member Mark Chrislip. "People have their emotional reasons why they want a particular name, and it falls back on (the Board)."
However, naming the center may be immaterial, said Board member Kenny Massey.
"It will always be 'the old middle school,'" he said.

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