By Dedra Cordle
The South-Western City Schools board of education asked the community for their input regarding the potential renaming of Brookpark Middle School and Pleasant View Middle School as the second phase of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project nears completion.
Of the four middle schools being replaced, only these two are being relocated – Brookpark Middle School, currently located on Southwest Boulevard, will open the 2022-23 school year in the Beulah Park Living subdivision while Pleasant View Middle School, currently located on Kropp Road, will open the 2022-23 school year on Holt Road, adjacent to Bolton Crossing Elementary. Finland Middle and Norton Middle are being constructed near its existing locations.
According to district officials, more than 4,000 members of the community, including students and staff, participated in the renaming survey. Of that number, more than 1,600 participated in the survey to rename Brookpark Middle School while more than 2,400 participated in the survey to rename Pleasant View Middle School.
Among those who participated in the survey to rename Brookpark Middle, 59 percent said they preferred renaming the building Beulah Park Middle School. It was followed by 16 percent preferring to keep the current name, and 8 percent stating their preference to call the school Demorest Middle.
The issue that would have arisen if the community decided to retain the name of Brookpark Middle, said Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise, would be confusion as there are no plans to demolish the building on Southwest Boulevard.
“It would not make sense to have two Brookpark Middle Schools,” he said during the Oct. 25 board of education meeting where the survey results were unveiled. “There would be confusion over the new one versus the old one.”
He also mentioned the agreement that was reached between the district and the city of Grove City in 2019 regarding the use of the site. Under the terms of that agreement, the city purchased land in the Beulah Park Living subdivision for the construction of the new middle school in exchange for the use of the building on Southwest Boulevard. The district will retain 20 percent usage of the building for educational purposes, if needed. The city has yet to determine how it will utilize the space.
Among those who participated in the survey to rename Pleasant View Middle School, 58 percent said they preferred to keep the name as is. It was followed by 22 percent preferring the name Pleasant Crossing Middle, and 14 percent stating their preference to call the school Pleasant View Crossing.
No members of the board expressed any objection to the survey results. Lee Schreiner said he liked that Brookpark and Beulah Park have the same acronyms.
“I think it is fitting that it’s in Beulah, and we’re keeping the ‘Park’ aspect of it,” he said.
The board intends to make a final recommendation at its meeting in November.
Wise said the next step in the process is the determination of school colors and mascots at the new Beulah Park Middle School. He added that the decision will be student-driven. He expects the results to be unveiled in late February.