October 18, 2017
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School board to consider changing name of Rockland South School

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
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ROCKLAND, Maine — The Regional School Unit 13 Board will consider Thursday night whether to begin the process to change the name of the South School, the city’s last remaining elementary school.

RSU 13 Board Chairwoman Esther “Tess” Kilgour said that the board and school principal have been “tossing it around” and she decided to place it on this month’s board agenda.

The board considered the issue in August 2010 when the MacDougal School was closed, leaving South as the only elementary school in the city. The board considered renaming the school as Rockland Elementary School, but opted to forego any action at the time, as it was working on a name change for the high schools.

The South School opened in the fall of 1949 on property that had been an airfield.

The MacDougal School was renamed in 1995 after originally being called the North School since it opened in 1954.

When the high schools — Georges Valley and Rockland District High School — merged, the board appointed a committee to look at names and mascots and conducted a survey.


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