School board members table decision on new middle school name

Kevin Wilson

Citing a desire for more public input on the matter, Clovis school board members tabled consideration of a new name, mascot and color scheme for its incoming middle school.

Superintendent Terry Myers said the school, scheduled to open in the 2013-14 school year, is two months away from shovels going into the dirt. But he said the board’s next meeting on Sept. 27 was the latest board meeting before architects would need the decisions.

“I’m a little torn,” board member Max Best said regarding the prospect of deciding the matter at Tuesday’s meeting.

Suggested names included Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis and Jim McDaniel. Suggested mascots include the Patriots, Conquistadors and Thunderbirds. Suggested school colors are red-white-blue, turquoise-silver-white and black-blue.

Best said he would lean toward Llano Estacado — a choice backed by board member Paul Cordova — and he suggested adding Falcons to the mascot list as a nod to the community’s Air Force population.

Myers said the donors of the land for the middle school did not voice any preferences on such matters.

Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the district could get public opinion through an online survey that could be referenced from the district’s websites. He volunteered to write a quick survey, and the board accepted. Myers asked Cano to pass the information along to board members, school officials and the media when the survey was available.

Clovis High Principal Wayne Marshall had only one request.

“No Eagles, no black and gold,” Marshall said with a laugh, referencing rival Hobbs.