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CMS picks names for schools opening this fall

Starmount Elementary was a traditional elementary school until the late 1990s, when this photo was taken. It was then converted to a pre-kindergarten center before it was closed amid budget cuts in 2011.
Starmount Elementary was a traditional elementary school until the late 1990s, when this photo was taken. It was then converted to a pre-kindergarten center before it was closed amid budget cuts in 2011.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is set to formally name three new schools scheduled to open this fall.

All three were approved by the school board in November to relieve overcrowding at the district’s elementary schools.

▪ An elementary school in the Highland Creek area of northeast Charlotte will likely be named Parkside Elementary, because of how close it is to Mallard Creek Community Park. CMS also considered the name Johnston Oehler Elementary, referring to the family that farmed the land in the area. Instead, that name is expected to grace the media center.

The third naming option was Prosperity Ridge Elementary, a reference to the gold mining done in the area.

▪ A new east Charlotte school would be named Lawrence Orr Elementary. Orr was born in 1882 in the township of Crab Orchard, which is now the Hickory Grove area of Charlotte. Orr was active in the African-American community and owned a general store in the 1930s and 1940s. He was part of a committee that advocated for and later built four new schools for black children.

▪ The re-opening Starmount Elementary near South Boulevard and Archdale Drive would only have a slight name change under the top choice presented by Superintendent Ann Clark – to the Starmount Academy of Excellence.

The second choice would be ALBA Elementary Starmount Campus. ALBA literally means “dawn” in Spanish, and is an acronym for Academia de Lenguajes y Bellas Artes, Spanish for Academy of Languages and Fine Arts.

The school board is expected to approve the new names Tuesday.

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