January 28, 2008
Sedalia’s new high school will keep the Smith-Cotton name.
The Sedalia 200 board of education, after some discussion, voted unanimously to approve the name at its meeting Monday evening at Smith-Cotton High School.
“I think the community that rallied around the new high school are not all graduates of Smith-Cotton,” said member Jeff Redford.
Redford said Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School would have been a compromise, as many of the athletic teams are known as Sedalia Smith-Cotton teams already.
“That’s how we’re known by all the schools in the area,” he said.
Board member Mary Allee, speaking before the measure was put up for a vote, agreed.
“I think we need to recognize Sedalia too, because the city of today is the ones that voted,” she said.
Kathy Kempton, principal of Whittier High School and an alumna of Smith-Cotton, spoke in favor of Sedalia Smith-Cotton High School during the public comments before the vote.
The name Smith-Cotton is important to a lot of people in the area, she said, and Sedalia Smith-Cotton would be a good compromise.
Community member Sabrina Platte, a member of the class of 1987, said she hoped the board would take into account the results of the community survey. The survey showed overwhelming support for keeping the name Smith-Cotton.
“I hope you take into consideration the community that spoke,” she said.
Board members Scott Gardner and Jim Waldo both said they felt the board had made a commitment to the community to honor the results of the survey.
Board President Jeffrey Sharp called for a unanimous vote on the subject.
The board also discussed security for the new high school construction site, and is expected to continue that discussion next month.
“There’s a lot of theft going on a construction sites between here and Kansas City,” said Redford. One construction site in the area has been robbed several times, he said.
“Security cameras are huge deterrents to theft,” he said.
Assistant Superintendent Harriet Wolfe said she would look into options to present at the meeting Feb. 10, including hiring two part-time employees to provide security overnight.
In other matters, more than 60 athletes were honored at the meeting for their post-season accomplishments, such as being named to the all-conference team.
Board members were given certificates by building administrators in honor of School Board Recognition Week, Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.