And The Name Of The New School Building Is …

Photo: Finally, a name with the face.

Starting with 17 and then whittling the list down to three finalists, the Belmont School Committee unanimously selected a name to place on the $295 million 7-12 school building on Concord Avenue.

And that name is …

Belmont Middle and High School.

The final decision was made at the School Committee’s April 23 meeting as the school district faced a May 1 deadline by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to have a name ready for next month’s groundbreaking.

The three final names – the other two are Belmont Middle-High School and Belmont Middle High School – selected by the School Committee earlier this month were presented to students and staff and teachers in an online survey over the spring recess.

But according to Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias, a software glitch prevented the results of the students survey to be compiled, leaving only the adults counted.

Out of 159 responses tallied, the clear favorite was the straight forward Middle and High School, garnering nearly three-quarters of those who participated.

While how the students voted is likely to remain in internet purgatory, Lilah Isenberg, a Belmont High sophomore who was the student body’s representative at the meeting, said she believed that most of the students “voted the same way as the teachers did.”

“[The students} think that having the ‘and’ gives more clear that it is a middle and a high school,” said Isenberg.

Belmont School Superintendent John Phelan reiterated a point he made at earlier meetings that students will continue to graduate from “Belmont High School” whatever the name of the school was selected.

“[The new name] is how we will find the building” while maintaining separate schools within the structure.

With the “Middle School” moniker soon to be placed on the new building, a question arose on the future name of the Chenery Middle School.

“I will say out loud that the [Chenery] will no longer be a middle school,” said Phelan, suggesting under the future district configuration of having the town’s four elementary schools housing kindergarten through third grade and the middle school building with fourth through six grades, the school could become an “upper elementary school.”