Fuquay-Varina officials say they wish the Wake County school board had consulted them before settling on a name for the town’s new high school.
The school board decided June 21 to name the school Kennebec Road High School, on the same night that the town commissioners were talking about the name. Town board members said they prefer Willow Spring High, one of the names considered by school board members, because the site is near the unincorporated community of Willow Spring.
“It would have been nice of them to give us a chance to weigh in,” Mayor pro tem Blake Massengill said this week. “I’d like it to be named Willow Spring High School – not ever Kennebec Road High School.”
School district staff members have said that town staff were consulted on the name before it was approved. The other two names that were considered but rejected by school board members were Black Creek High and Lakeview High.
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Town Manager Adam Mitchell said there might still be time for input. Mitchell reminded commissioners that Apex Friendship High School was first named West Apex High School before the school board changed its mind.
Commissioners say they are more likely to know which names will resonate with town residents.
“I’d like to echo the sentiments of The News & Observer and say we need to stop making school names so boring,” said Commissioner Charlie Adcock, referring to a column by Josh Shaffer published late last month.
Chapel Hill makes data available
Chapel Hill launched an online service this week that makes more than 30 data sets from town departments and divisions available to the public.
Chapel Hill Open Data, at chapelhillopendata.org, will give residents and businesses new ways to interact with their government and help find creative solutions, Town Manager Roger Stancil said. It includes data on public safety and crime, town budgets, planning, and sports and culture.
The software from OpenDataSoft will let users download data and create graphs, charts and maps. The site will add more data and evolve as more people use it and offer feedback, project manager David Green said.
Raleigh, Durham and Cary also offer open data services, officials said.
“The amount of stuff you guys generate is just amazing,” Jason Hare, an OpenSoftData official, told the town council. “We’re going to consume all of that, and this will be one of the most advanced open data portals in the U.S. when we’re done.”
▪ The Democrats of Wake County’s Precinct 06-04 will have a social event Wednesday, July 13, at the Bass Lake Draft House, 124 Bass Lake Road in Holly Springs, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Compiled by Henry Gargan and Tammy Grubb.
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