Richland students might be opening the doors of Candy Mountain Middle School next fall.
Or it could be the doors of Carl Heminger Middle School or Enrico Fermi Middle School, or any of the dozens of names submitted to the Richland School District.
The district is holding a community forum at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Enterprise Middle School to discuss and rate the suggestions.
The unnamed fourth middle school is being constructed at the intersection of Keene Road and Belmont Boulevard. It’s scheduled to open in August 2017.
District officialsare asking people to submit possible school names, colors and mascots. They received roughly 300 submissions.
Forum attendees can review and rate a list of suggestions, said Andre Hargunani, the principal of the unnamed middle school.
People have a chance to voice their opinions about the names and the rating process.
“We are really trying to make sure we get the community’s voice in the naming process,” Hargunani said. “We want to come to a democratic decision ... We want to make sure we aren’t misinterpreting the intent of the community.”
Street names were popular among the submissions, Belmont received 11 nominations and Keene received 33.
Candy Mountain was suggested 14 times and Red Mountain 13 times.
Scientists received several nods. Leona Woods Marshall Libby, who researched heavy water at Hanford in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, was nominated eight times.
The scientist that recruited her for the project, Enrico Fermi, received seven nominations.
Manhattan and the Manhattan Project received three nominations.
Some people suggested fictional places or organizations as names. Harry Potter’s alma mater received a nod with two people recommending Hogwarts, and two people asked to name it after the fictional organization, The Kingsmen.
James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy were both recommended for school names. The actors played Scotty and Spock, respectively, on the the original Star Trek television series.
The planning team is taking a list of five suggestions to the school board after the forum, Hargunani said.