School team wants to change CCEC's name AH Building's purpose to be reflected

February 21, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The name says nothing about what goes on inside the Carroll County Education Center, which is why the school improvement team wants to change it.

L For one thing, the word "school" isn't anywhere in the name.

"We kind of have the feeling people think we're baby-sitting the kids," said Principal Robin Farinholt. "We would like to get away from the word 'center.' We're a school.

"Ironically, we're on Center Street," she said.

The brick building on South Center Street, near Carroll County General Hospital, is a school for 63 disabled students whose needs are too severe to be met in regular schools. The disabilities include mental handicaps, language and other cognitive problems.

Seven high school students also attend the school for half-days to get modified vocational training.

But the facility's name tells nothing about the learning that goes on inside, Mrs. Farinholt said.

In addition, the school's current, nonspecific name and initials -- most parents and insiders refer to it as the CCEC -- confuse the public, as well as overnight delivery companies. A few days ago, an overnight delivery courier left a package on the school's doorstep. The package was meant for the Carroll Community College (CCC) annex up the street.

"We get tons and tons of calls for the [Board of Education's] central office," Mrs. Farinholt said. She also gets calls and mail meant for the Carroll County Education Association (CCEA) and the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.

"God only knows where our mail goes," she said.

A committee of the school improvement team is working on the change, which ultimately would have to be approved by the Carroll County Board of Education.

Anyone may submit an idea to the school improvement team, which will use Board of Education guidelines for naming a new school.

This name change wouldn't be the first for the school, which used to be called The Exceptional Center before it moved into the current building 14 years ago.

"We still get mail for that -- from people inside the school system," Mrs. Farinholt said.

All schools built recently have been named after their locations, rather than people. People are a little more controversial, especially if they're still alive or from the recent past, said Vernon Smith, director of school support services.

"You don't want to alienate anyone," he said.

Then there's the politically sensitive task of deciding who is most deserving, and who is not.

"I don't want to get into one of these names like 'Broader Horizons School.' That sounds like a rehab place," Mrs. Farinholt said. "I don't know -- maybe 'The School Across From The Farm Museum.' "

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