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NASHVILLE — The school district soon to be known as Nash County Public Schools has unveiled its new logo.
Southern Nash High School senior Matt Foster designed the logo, which features a pencil and the word “Nash” within a large “N.”
Foster won out over 35 other students who submitted logo concepts in a contest open to all the district’s high schools.
School and district leaders voted on the top design based on each logo’s relevance, originality and aesthetic quality, said Chris Catalano, the district’s executive director of communication, planning and engagement.
The Board of Education recognized Foster during a recent meeting, presenting him with a $100 gift card donated by First Financial Group. He will also receive district promotional items showcasing his winning logo.
It’s been a good school year for Foster, who as Firebirds quarterback led Southern Nash to its best season in school history. The team won 15 straight games before falling in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A championship game.
Foster, who has signed with Wingate University, was named the 2019 Farris & Thomas Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Year after receiving the weekly honor three times for three separate sports last year.
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will change its name to Nash County Public Schools effective July 1. The change, mandated by state law, was approved by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education in March.
The N.C. General Assembly required the change as result of compromise legislation in 2016 to prevent the school district from splitting along Nash and Edgecombe county lines. The legislation states: “Notwithstanding Chapter 391 of the 1991 Session Laws, beginning July 1, 2020, the ‘Nash Rocky Mount School Administrative Unit’ shall be named the ‘Nash School Administrative Unit,’ and the ‘Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education’ shall be the ‘Nash Board of Education.’
The law provides the name of the administrative unit and the name of the governing body, which are both defined in local Board of Education Policy 1000, Catalano said.
“A third name is also in BOE Policy 1000 and that is the known name of the district,” Catalano said. “This is the name the public uses and that is marketed in all of our district communication and documents.”
In 2015, the Nash County Board of Commissioners voted to seek legislation to split the school system along county lines.
The move would have sent as many as 2,000 students who live on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount to Edgecombe County Public Schools.
In the end, the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners voted to increase its funding to the Nash-Rocky Mount school system, and the Rocky Mount City Council agreed to phase out its funding.
The city-county system created by lawmakers in 1992 remains intact, with all of Rocky Mount continuing to be part of Nash County’s school district.