If you’re still unsure about calling the new elementary school at the Lacey site in Annandale “Mason Crest,” you have one more day to voice your opinion. The Fairfax County school board is scheduled to vote on the name at its Thursday evening board meeting.
At a community meeting on the name last month, Mason Crest received the most votes from residents of the school’s attendance area, and Masonville was the second-highest vote-getter.
School board member Sandy Evans plans to offer a motion to name the school Mason Crest. “This name received widespread support, and I believe represents the majority view,” she says, “though I know some will be disappointed.”
“I very much appreciate the many thoughtful comments I’ve received from community members over the past weeks,” Evans says. “A number of people pointed to Masonville as the name of the much-beloved school that had been on that site and believed we should return to the historic name. Others felt that the new school deserved a new name to represent a fresh start and that Mason Crest combined a part of the old with the new as a tribute to both.”
Anyone wishing to testify about the naming of the school may sign up online for one of 10 spots to speak at the Feb. 23 school board meeting.
The school will open in September. Once the name is approved, FCPS will move forward with signage, and Principal Brian Butler will begin discussions with incoming students on choosing a mascot.