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Our view: 'Eastern Middle School?' We can do better

At the Duluth School Board meeting last month, Chairman Tim Grover floated a question to those in attendance and to those watching at home on public access cable television.

At the Duluth School Board meeting last month, Chairman Tim Grover floated a question to those in attendance and to those watching at home on public access cable television.

Duluth's high schools, when three of them become two under the Long-Range Facilities Plan, are to be called East and Denfeld, School Board members have decided. And the district's western-Duluth middle school is to be called Lincoln Park, as the board also determined, at the urging of Lincoln Park residents. So what about the district's eastern middle school? What should it be called? Grover asked the question publicly and then waited for a flood of answers and ideas.

Instead, "The silence has been deafening," Grover told the News Tribune Opinion page. "It's been amazing. People usually like the chance to weigh in. But there's been almost no response. It's one of the loose ends that still needs to be decided."

Ore-Wood, Tischer and Tischer Creek have been suggested, but that's been about it, Grover said.

The News Tribune suggested Central Middle School at the site of what is now East High School. No, the school isn't in the center of Duluth, but is it too much of a stretch to argue the building is smack dab in the center of Duluth's eastern neighborhoods? Especially when it means celebrating and continuing the Central name, the oldest school name in the city? Doesn't that make some sense?

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Possibilities abound. What do you think? Let School Board members know by dropping an e-mail to school

board@duluth.k12.mn.us or by sending a letter via the district's offices at 215 N. First Ave. E., 55802.

But don't delay.

"I'd like to get a decision made on that in the next couple of months," Grover said. "With nothing that really jumps out as being logical for a name, this is something we need input on."

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