Public Comment Sought in Renaming Fairview Outdoor Center and Smithsburg High School Stadium

Public Comment Sought in Renaming Fairview Outdoor Center and Smithsburg High School Stadium

Hagerstown, MD (November 4, 2008)- Public comments on proposed name changes for Fairview Outdoor Education Center and Smithsburg High School's stadium are being accepted through November 21, 2008. Washington County Board of Education (BOE) member Paul Bailey proposed renaming Fairview in honor of retired Washington County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Claude Kitchens, who served as superintendent from 1973 to 1986. Ten new schools were built during Dr. Kitchens' tenure, including the realization of his vision to create the outdoor education center for students and the community. The center would be renamed, "The Claude Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview."
The proposal to rename Smithsburg High School's stadium in honor of long time Leopard football coach Carroll Reid was first presented to the Board of Education by local resident and former Smithsburg football player, Brian Smith. Under the proposed change, the stadium would be renamed, "Carroll Reid Field at Smithsburg High School." Reid was head football coach at Smithsburg High from 1967 to 1975, and then again from 1978 to 1997.
Motions were approved at the BOE's October 21, 2008 meeting, to present the proposed name changes for public comment for 30 days, before formal Board action would be taken.
Comments can be mailed to Debbie Cechovic, Assistant to the Board of Education, 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740, dropped off at the Central Office at 820 Commonwealth Avenue during regular business hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or emailed to, cechodeb@wcboe.k12.md.us. Again, comments will be accepted through November 21, 2008.