The Loudoun County School Board last night agreed to appoint a committee to vet and recommend names for the campus that’s been known as Charles S. Monroe Technology Center.
The building that has housed the technology center, on Childrens Center Road in Leesburg, will soon be demolished and, on the same site, a facility will be built to house the alternative education programs now offered at Douglass School.
The programs that were housed at the Childrens Center Road building have been moved to the Academies of Loudoun campus south of Leesburg and renamed the Monroe Advanced Technology Academy.
At the board’s meeting last night, school staff members recommended that new facility built on the former technology center site go by the name Charles S. Monroe Education Center.
A few board members said it might be confusing to have two educational programs named after Monroe, a former Loudoun teacher. “I think Monroe Advanced Technology Academy is carrying on [his] legacy,” Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) said.
Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), Joy Maloney (Broad Run) and Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin) agreed a naming committee should be appointed. Turgeon said a naming committee could come up with a name that does a better job of capturing the variety of alternative education programs that are, for now, housed at Douglass School.
“I think there is more misunderstanding about what goes on at Douglass School than any other school in Loudoun County,” she said. “This really could be an opportunity to open the eyes of the community about what goes on at Douglass—or whatever the name of the school will be.”