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Posted: November 6, 2010 8:27 a.m.

Oxford asks NCSS to keep the name Palmer-Stone

NCSS is set to discuss naming the new elementary school Tues.

The Newton County Board of Education is expected to discuss the naming of the new elementary school at its meeting Tuesday night, and members of the Oxford city council are working to make sure that even though the school will take the place of Palmer-Stone Elementary, it will not go by that name.

Council members developed a resolution at their meeting Monday night requesting that ..the name 'Palmer-Stone' should remain associated with the historic location of the school in Oxford, Georgia, and that the name Palmer-Stone should not be used for any school in any other location.”

The board of education voted earlier this year to include Palmer-Stone Elementary School as one of the school's that would be phased-out in the board's five-year facilities plan. They voted to allow the building to remain where it was and to retain ownership of it, but to allow certain organizations to use the school for functions if the board approved them.

According to Oxford council's resolution, the name Palmer-Stone should remain on the school and in Oxford, because of the historical importance to the city itself.

The Palmer Institute was founded in 1860 by a number of Emory College faculty members, including Professor George W. W. Stone and Professor James Palmer, for whom the Institute was named after his death,reads the resolution. And whereas Professor Harry Harlan Stone served for 40 years as president of the Newton County Board of Education; and whereas, after its consolidation with a number of other small schools, the Palmer Institute was in 1932 renamed 'Palmer-Stone School' in honor of Professors Harry H. Stone and James Palmer.”
The Oxford Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the city maintain supervision of the activities at Palmer-Stone after the school is phased out during its October meeting. They also recommended that a variety of community-service opportunities for the site be explored.”

The resolution states that a precedent has been set by the Newton County Board of Education in retaining the name 'Sharp' for the Sharp Learning Center on that historic location rather than transferring that name to new middle schools constructed to replace Sharp Middle School; and therefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Oxford do hereby resolve that the name 'Palmer-Stone' should remain associated with the historic location of the school in Oxford, Georgia, and that the name 'Palmer-Stone' should not be used for any school in any other location.”

“The name Palmer-Stone is uniquely tied to the city of Oxford,explained mayor Jerry Roseberry. The school was founded in Oxford in 1860 by Emory College faculty members and was eventually named in honor of Professors Stone and Palmer. The school has always been in Oxford. And yes, Oxford is passionate about its history. Oxford does plan to have representatives at the Board's meeting on Tuesday.

The board of education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday night to discuss the naming of the new elementary school which is located at Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.

 

 

 

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