Naming schools is kind of like naming babies.
And Carroll school officials, just like expectant parents, will spend considerable time over the next few weeks picking just the right name for an elementaryschool on tap for the Taneytown-Uniontown area.
The school is not scheduled to open until fall 1993, but a committee of educators has already begun perusing a lengthy list of prospective names. The school board will chose a name from a committee's list of recommendations at its Feb. 13 meeting.
Traditionally, the board has named schools for the location in which they are situated. Occasionally, schools, such as Elmer Wolfe Elementary in Union Bridge, have been named after county educators.
Francis Scott Key High School, named after "The Star-Spangled Banner" author, and Charles Carroll Elementary, named for one of Maryland's signers of the Declarationof Independence, are the only two county schools named after famous Americans.
And except for paying tribute to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Carroll countians don't have the names of the famous in mind for the $7.2 million school, which will be situated on a 35-acre tract on Route 140 and Mayberry Road, east of Taneytown.
Instead, there are suggestions like Tan-U-Town, submitted by Irene Denner of Westminster. Denner said the name recognizes both Taneytown and Uniontown.
Jeanne L. Dell of Westminster recommended that the school, which will house 637 pupils, be called Tanion Elementary, incorporating thenames of both towns.
The new school will replace Uniontown Elementary and accommodate students from overcrowded Taneytown Elementary.
Others have taken note of the school's geographical location and suggested Trevanion Elementary, Mayberry Elementary, Mayberry Ridge Elementary, Pipe Creek Elementary and Big Pipe Creek Elementary.
Ellen E. Davis wrote in a letter to Superintendent R. Edward Shilling that the name of the new school should be neutral, so as not to offendresidents of either community.
She chose Mayberry Elementary School because the school will be "built near the Village of Mayberry, onor near Mayberry Road. Mayberry is a known location to Carroll Countians, particularly those whose children would attend the school."
David K. Keefer of Linwood suggested Pipe Creek because Big Pipe Creek flows along Route 140 and crosses Trevanion Road near the site of the future school.
Some chose to pay tribute to Carroll educators, including Kenneth F. Mussari, the system's longtime personnel director who died earlier this year; the late Edlea Jones, a volunteer librarian at Uniontown Elementary; and Margaret Brilhart, a former Uniontown Elementary principal and teacher who lives in Frizzelburg.
"(Margaret Brilhart) touched the lives of many people during her career in the public school system and deserves the honor and recognition of this naming," said Robin Hoff, who wrote on behalf of the Uniontown PTO executive board and some 50 other people who endorsed the recommendation.
The same board also recommended the name of Jones, who waskilled in a Westminster auto accident in September 1989.
"Before her untimely death, she helped Uniontown Elementary complete its new library and volunteered her time regularly to the library and the school," Hoff said.
Other suggestions included Harmony Hill, Life Beginnings, Sunshine, Oh Happy Day, and Roger Brooke Taney, after the Supreme Court chief justice who authored the controversial Dred Scott decision in 1857.