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Choices for school name narrowed to two

Watermen Elementary and Bay Haven Elementary.

Those are the two names currently under consideration for Mathews County’s elementary school, which had been called Lee-Jackson Elementary prior to Aug. 18, when the Mathews County School Board voted by a 4-0-1 margin to remove that name.

Following that action, a School Name Advisory Committee consisting of school board member Desmond Smith, superintendent of schools Nancy Welch, county supervisor Melissa Mason and Leslie Willis, Rebecca Brown, Charlene Winter, Katie Howlett, William Earl Sadler, Amy Hudgins, Brenton Payne and Bethanie Rose was empaneled to consider a new name.

Also, a community survey was conducted, both online and through paper submissions, with 294 responses received. The top name choice, according to the survey, was Mathews Elementary, with 182 people supporting that choice.

Only eight suggested a name with a Bay theme (Mobjack Bay, Bayside, Bayview, etc.). A glance of the 238 responses that came from count...

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