Robin-HoodCharlotte Mecklenburg Schools is hosting a community meeting Thursday, October 15, from 6:30-8 pm at Mint Hill Library (Community Room) to ask for recommendations for a name for the new high school under construction off Truelight Church Road in Mint Hill. During the meeting, visitors may submit their recommendations for a name for the school and meet Principal Mark Nixon.

It’s been a hot topic around Mint Hill the past month–what  the new high school in Mint Hill should be called. Hardly any of the CMS students in Mint Hill will attend the school when it opens in 2010, and this has led to some to come up with creative names for the school.  In last week’s Mint Hill Times, one resident took out an advertisement saying the school should be called “Robin Hood High School,” with the idea that CMS has “taken from the rich to give to the poor.” Some other creative names? Gerry Mander High, Mint Hill-less High and Benedict Arnold High School. Of course none of these names will be considered, but it illustrates the frustration by many in Mint Hill who are still baffled why hardly any CMS students from Mint  Hill will actually go to the high school located in the town limits.

At Thursday’s meeting, you will also learn about the school’s construction updates and view architectural renderings and a map of the attendance zone. The new high school will open in August 2010 and will relieve overcrowding at Butler, East Mecklenburg and Independence high schools. It will also serve as a community resource for residents in the East Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill area.

CMS is also accepting recommendations for names by e-mail. Suggestions may be sent to Susan Smith at Nixon is also in the process of forming a community advising committee to 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.