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And the name of the new middle school is....

The Sunnyside School Board formally approved the naming of the new middle school that will open at the beginning of the 2006 school year, during Thursday night's meeting.

The board took a bit of the recommendation from the school naming committee and added their own two cents to come up with Sierra Vista Middle School.

Sierra Vista roughly translates into the meaning mountain, or hill view.

The school board had approved the formation of a school naming committee to provide directors with a recommendation for the name of the new school. The committee solicited names from the community and then dwindled the selections down to four, which were presented to the school board last night.

Stan Davis, who is overseeing the construction of the new school, said nearly 180 people from the community submitted 81 different names for the new middle school.

Davis said each committee member came with three choices during a meeting earlier this month and those selections were narrowed down to four, which were submitted to the school board.

The four choices from the committee for the new middle school were John F. Kennedy, Mayhew, Unidad and Montevista or Monte Vista. Mayhew was the original name of Sunnyside and Unidad is a Spanish name meaning unity. Montevista or Monte Vista in Spanish translates to mountain view. Davis said the committee felt with the view of a couple of mountains from the property that this was an appropriate name.

Sunnyside School Board member Lorenzo Garza expressed his admiration of how the committee recommended a Spanish name for the new school.

"I think it is time to use a Spanish name," said Garza.

The board went through some discussion on how Monte Vista translated from Spanish into English. The discussion also took into account on whether Mt. Adams or Mt. Rainier could actually be seen from the school property.

Sunnyside School Board member Bill Smith supported using Sierra Vista, which translates into more of a view of the hills in the area of the school. Smith also said he felt saying the name Sierra Vista Middle School sounded pretty good.

The board did express concerns at how the committee would react to members adopting a new name that wasn't on their recommendation sheet.

The board decided to send the recommendation of Sierra Vista Middle School back to the committee, explaining their position. But Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole quickly interjected and asked what the purpose was of sending the recommendation back to the committee because the board hadn't provided any direction.

Davis said he didn't see the committee having an issue with the board selecting the name it did. With that, board members formally adopted naming the new school Sierra Vista Middle School.

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