February 28, 2020
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Rockland area school board drops plan to rename South School

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Regional School Unit 13 Board has cut short its discussions about renaming Rockland’s last elementary school.

The board withdrew an agenda item from its Thursday night meeting to consider changing the name of the South School after Principal Lynsey Ward read a letter from the school’s leadership team asked that the name be kept.

The principal said there have been a lot of successes at the school this year and that the leadership team felt that changing the name would be a step back.

She said the students also voted to have the school nickname be the Starfish and the school colors blue and white, following the nautical theme of Oceanside High School.

The board considered the issue last 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.

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