elementary school: a man and a woman in hard hats at a construction site
Photo courtesy of Athens-Boonesboro Elementary Location social media

What do you think the new elementary school should be called? Earlier this week, the Fayette County Public Schools sent out a message to the community along the lines of “What do you think the new elementary school should be named?”. People have flooded social media with their suggestions and reasons behind their choice.

Here are a few suggestions made by members of the community:

Sonja Zeller suggested “Sweet Evening Breeze” because she wants to encourage an inclusive community.

“William Soloman Elementary School” was suggested by Tom Spalding because of William’s rich history with Lexington.

Gaynia Peck Battista recommended “Cross Plains Elementary School”. She said the area was first settled in 1786 as Cross Plains and later as Athens in 1826.

Others, such as John W. Gaines, recommends naming it Athens Elementary after the old Athens Elementary that is just down the street.

Roalie Huffaker Schooler suggested Daniel Boone Elementary.

However, there is one suggestion that gives a lot of detail as to why the school should be named after this one person.

“Hi Friends from the Athens Community, Lexington Friends, educator friends, family friends, and, well, just FRIENDS! There is a current push happening to name the new Athens-Boonesboro elementary school in Lexington after my late grandmother, Sara J. Adams. A farmer’s wife and mother of three, she went to college in her 30’s to become a teacher, taught for many years in northern Fayette County before becoming a principal. She was the principal of the original Athens Elementary School in the 80’s and 90’s and was the heart of that school along with the community (she even grew and put up all of the tomatoes used int eh chili at the Athens Fall Carnival each year!). Mrs. Adams was a well respected educator in Fayette County, and loved all of her students and parents. Please consider honoring her with a nomination, she would have been so touched.”

– Lauren Donovan Lee

Don’t forget to submit your suggestion. Deadline is February 19 at noon.



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