The Wake County school board approved names Tuesday for five new schools with one choice being changed at the last minute after lobbying from a community resident.
After hearing a complaint, the board voted to use Rogers Lane instead of Anderson Point as the name for a school that will be built at 201 E. Rogers Lane in East Raleigh. The board’s facilties committee had backed using Rogers Lane, but board members had tentatively agreed at a work session last month to use Anderson Point.
Anderson Point had been suggested because the name is shared by a nearby city park and several small neighborhoods. But before the official vote, East Raleigh resident Theresa Robinson said using Anderson Point may inadvertently cause division in the community as not all the neighborhoods bear that name.
“It’s only fair, I think, to name a school that is representative of all the communities along Rogers Lane,” Robinson said.
School board member Keith Sutton, who represents the area around the new school, made the motion to go with using Rogers Lane. Sutton had previously urged using Anderson Point.
“I believe in direct democracy,” school board Chairwoman Christine Kushner said after the vote.
There was never any support for using the third option for the school, which was Crabtree Creek.
Under school board policy, schools can be named after individuals or in accordance with geographic location, such as roads, streets, natural sites or historical features. The board stuck mainly to where the roads or communities the schools will be located in.
The other names chosen were:
▪ Poole Road Elementary for a school at 6120 Poole Road in east Raleigh. The other choices were Briarhopper and Riverview.
▪ Hortons Creek Elementary for a school at 2374 Yates Store Road in Cary. The other options were Amberly and O’Kelly Chapel. The school can be reached from O’Kelly Chapel Road or Hortons Creek Road.
▪ Pleasant Grove Elementary for a school at 5751 Comstock Road in Cary. The other choices were Comstock and Brier Ridge. The school is off Pleasant Grove Church.
▪ Apex Friendship Middle for a school at 7901 Humie Olive Road in Apex. The other choices were Beaver Creek and Humie Olive Road. The school is near Apex Friendship High School, which is named for the historic Friendship community.