Commonwealth Journal

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January 22, 2009

Northern Elementary will replace Woodstock school

Pulaski County School Board

The legacy of Woodstock Elementary will soon come to a close and a new chapter in the Pulaski County School District’s history will begin.

Woodstock Elementary, which opened its doors over 100 years ago, will close for the last time in 2010, to be replaced by what has recently been christened Northern Elementary School.

Members of the Pulaski County School Board unanimously approved the name Northern Elementary School as the name for the new school during the school board meeting held Tuesday night.

Woodstock Elementary School Principal Julie Cottrell came to the board asking their approval, explaining she believed a fresh name would be a good move, since there will be more new students than those who currently attend Woodstock Elementary.

Cottrell said that as plans were being made for the school and she attended meetings with the architects, she had been asked several times if she was sure they wanted to call the new school Woodstock Elementary.

She said though they had initially planned to leave the name the same, the more she thought about the name change, the more she thought it could be a good idea.

The principal noted in reality the school will no longer be located in the Woodstock community and there will be more new students than students from the current Woodstock Elementary.

“I realize our (Woodstock) family will be there, but we’re getting a new family too,” said Cottrell, who believes having the new name will make the transition easier for students from other schools.

“It will be better if the school is neutral,” said Cottrell.

Cottrell requested the colors for the school be maroon and white, just like Northern Middle School and Pulaski County High School, and their mascot be the maroons, just like the two schools for the older students.

Superintendent Tim Eaton noted that a few years ago both middle schools changed their colors and mascot to match the high schools, and Southern Elementary changed their colors as well, so as students come up through elementary, middle and high school, they have the same colors and mascot.

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