The Richmond Register

Education

July 10, 2014

Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield

Board names Richmond kindergarten center

RICHMOND — The kindergarten center that will serve the county’s four Richmond elementary schools will be known as the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.

The Madison County School Board at its monthly meeting Thursday night chose the name for the all-kindergarten academy that will be housed in the former Mayfield Elementary School.

The board conducted an online public poll in June asking for community input on some suggested names. Mayfield wasn’t an option.

None of the listed names received much support, Superintendent Elmer Thomas said, but in the poll’s comment section, a large majority recommended the academy continue to carry the Mayfield name.

That passion and commitment to Mayfield impressed the board, Thomas said.

“We received a lot of feedback in regards to the two names we offered, but there was not an overwhelming name that was recommended. But in the poll’s public comment section, an overwhelming number of replies was to continue the tradition of Mayfield,” Thomas said. “So we started talking and meeting with people who responded, and their input was so important in this process. So we felt like it was a good idea to just go ahead and solidify the building as Mayfield.”

Board member John Lackey, an early supporter of keeping the Mayfield name, said he was pleased with the decision.

“I was determined that the community had some input, and I saw the figures where it was so heavily in favor of keeping it Mayfield, because it has been there for so many years,” Lackey said. “There really is a lot of love out there for that school. It’s somewhat different from some of the other schools in the county, and those people have been down in the trenches out there, and they deserve to be remembered.”

The announcement also was popular with community members present.

The Rev. Robert Blythe said he believed keeping the Mayfield name was especially important for all the children who have gone through the school.

“This is like saying to the children who have left Mayfield over the years that we’re not going to throw away your heritage. That’s yours and we are going to keep it because it is important. I applaud your decision,” Blythe said.

The board selected the Monarchs as the academy’s mascot and red, white and blue as its colors.

Thomas said he thought the Monarch butterfly was an appropriate mascot because of the changes that take place in students during kindergarten.

“Part of the consideration as well was the metamorphosis that takes place in the kids in that first year of kindergarten, where they do come out as butterflies,” he said.

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