ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Two Buckeye Local Schools buildings will have their designations modified as a result of a 3-2 vote by the Board of Education Tuesday.
Edgewood Senior High School will become simply “Edgewood High School” while Braden Junior High will be Braden Middle School.
Superintendent Joseph Spiccia recommended the changes earlier this year in order to bring the schools’ designations more in line with the grade levels offered at each building.
Grades 6 through 8 are at Braden, which makes it more of a middle school than junior high. The “senior” in the high school’s moniker is a throwback to a time when only grades 10 to 12 were at the high school and ninth-graders attended Braden.
The designation change, listed as “grade level descriptions” on the agenda, was one of seven recommendations the board voted on as a package. Board members Gregory Kocjancic and Mary Wisnyai voted against the package of resolutions.
Kocjancic, along with an audience member, questioned the cost of re-designating the buildings. Spiccia said the costs will, for the most part, be those typical of doing business. For example, when either school runs out of letterhead with the former name on it, the replacement stationery will reflect the name change.
As for the signs, Spiccia said the Parent Teacher Organization at Braden has indicated an interest in taking on that project. The Edgewood sign is under consideration. Spiccia said the changes will be “evolutionary” and not all at once.
“We have not looked at (the sign) issues. It’s important to us to make the change so we are accurate in our reporting accurate in stating who we are.”
Board President Jacqueline Hillyer supported the move.
“The only change is to the designation, to reflect what we are doing (in that building),” she said.
In other action Tuesday evening, the board: