CMS announced today that it has set up dates for the community to give its input in determining the name of the new Mint Hill high school located on Truelight Church Road.

Principal Mark Nixon has scheduled several meetings to solicit input from parents, students and members of the community.
“I am looking forward to moving forward with plans for a name for this new high school,” Nixon said. “That is the first step as we build our new community of students and parents.”

The meetings will be held on Friday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East Learning Community office (9601 E. Independence Blvd.,Matthews); Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Independence High (1967 Patriot Drive), and on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northridge Middle (7601 The Plaza). Families may choose the meeting that best fits their schedule.
During the meetings, visitors may submit their recommendations for a name for the school, as well as learn about the school’s construction updates and view architectural renderings and a map of the attendance zone.
Board Policy FF (Naming Facilities) recommends the names represent the geographic area or community in which the school is located, a historical figure or location, or an individual who is deceased whose name has special significance and /or who made an outstanding contribution to the school or school system, community, state or nation.
Nixon will also appoint a School Name Advising Committee that will review, research and select three names to be presented to the superintendent. Those recommendations will then be sent to the Board for vote this fall. After a name is chosen, students, parents and community members will be asked for ideas on the school mascot and colors.
The new high school will open in August 2010 and will relieve overcrowding at Butler, East Mecklenburg and Independence high schools.