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I am the mother of four children living in the city of Milton. I have one Senior
and one Freshman at Milton High School. I also have a sixth grader at Northwestern and a Fifth grader at Birmingham Falls.
My two younger children will attend the new high school and we are all very excited about that! We moved hereDecember of 2009 for the good schools and the culture of this lovely area. The decision to be here was long and hard for our
family considering the ages of our children. After two years of consideration we made the move mid-year when my oldest son was a sophomore . We have no regrets and love living in Milton!
Last Friday October 7th, I received two emails from friends informing me that
there were two names for the new school. I was blind sided as I have been very
vocal about my personal choice for the name since the redistricting meetings
last year. I wasn't emailed by anyone on the naming committee regarding my
preferences for names . Much to my surprise none of the naming committee choices
involved the name "Milton" in any way. This is hard for me to understand since
the majority of the new school's students live in the city of Milton and the
fact that the school itself is in fact located within the city limits of Milton.
I do believe that the Principal and the naming committee had good intentions and
were simply doing what they were told to do to the best of their abilities. They
are good hard working people trying to make the right call on this very important decision. However, I believe that the process itself is flawed to a
certain extent not the people on the committee .. I am here to challenge the process of naming a school in Fulton County. Why wouldn't the BOE want to have a name that represents the area? With all the modern technology today it would be
easy to email students that attend the middle schools and elementary schools
that will feed into the new school. Even a simple sign at the crossroad of the
new school....." Naming committee meeting this Tuesday at Hopewell Gym- ALL ARE WELCOME". I pass by that location many times during any given week. I would
have noticed and taken action. There are quite simply so many ways that a greater number of people could have been represented in this very important process. Instead, I find out after the fact, after the two names have been
submitted. I think we need a vote on this matter to resolve the issue . If the
names come back as Providence and Cambridge you will not read another email from
The name Milton has lots of equity. Please call the Georgia Universities,( Georgia Tech. and UGA) in the area and research for yourself the reputation that comes with the name "Milton" with regard to High School education and college acceptance. Why would we give up such excellent "branding" that this area has worked so hard to create and that would give this new school a jump start to future and potentially more rapid success? Doesn't a new school need every possible advantage?
I fail to see the reasoning behind the naming committee not at least offering one "Milton" option on the short list considering all the many conversations I've had with friends, neighbors and casual acquaintances that feel just as I do about keeping Milton. Why not put it on the list to have all sides equally represented? I'm amazed that the overwhelming feeling in my circles, (with four very active children) is to keep the name Milton somehow, yet the committee didn't have even one individual out of 29 to feel that way strongly enough to impose some balance on the list. The Milton Herald actually reported that out of all 24 members not even one put their stickers by any Milton name choice. I'm not sure how this could have happened with so much support for using Milton. Now I have been told it's too
late... how is that possible? Why not look at the boards naming policy. My hope is that possibly the next school to be named in Fulton will feel like they were taken into consideration. Its time to look at the policy with fresh eyes. There are so many people that feel strongly about this. Can't we at least be heard?
The rationale is flawed. The new school will not be a "wanna be" school, or a
school living in the shadow of Milton High School....but rather a force in and
of itself. Let the new school be empowered to develop into a reflection of our
area. To infer that the new school will live in the shadows is insulting to the
students that will go there next year. The school names that have been chosen
are nice names if you live in Massachusetts, England , or Rode Island, but we
live in a city that we are proud of called Milton and that name is not owned by
any school but rather the county that was here long before any schools were ever
built. There are numerous districts in our area that have similar names
...South Cobb, North Cobb, and many in Forsyth county that share the County
name. Why here do we find a problem with that concept? Once again let there be
vote on the name of our new school.
On a personal note, I have a son that is a freshman at Milton High School this
year. He is grandfathered and therefore has the ability to choose which school
he will attend next year. I want him to make the call so he can be happy about
his decision. I am trying not to influence him one way or the other. It will be a hard call for him. He likes where he is now and also likes the idea and
excitement of being in the first graduating class at the new school. He is a 14 year old boy who is very influenced by name, colors and mascot. He also feels strongly that his choices , and that of many of his friends, weren't considered. As much as I hate to admit it I know the name, color and mascot will make a difference to a child, I wish it didn't but I know better. He likes the name Milton. After all his parents had him move in the middle of seventh grade, (Kicking and screaming) to attend Milton High School one day....It's not
too late for that to still happen ....just Milton, slightly North.
I know how hard your job must be . It's impossible to make all parties happy and I respectfully thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Sincere blessings to you all,
Friday, October 14, 2011
Letter To The Editor.
Posted by Accessmilton Admin at Friday, October 14, 2011