The Fairfax County School Board approved West Potomac High School last night as the name for the new school to be created in the fall with the merger of two schools in the eastern part of the county.
The name was the choice of the students who will attend the school combining the present Groveton and Fort Hunt highs.
The School Board also agreed to pay for athletic and band uniforms and meet other expenses of extracurricular activities stemming from creation of the school. Normally, student and parent groups raise funds for uniforms and certain activities.
The board decided earlier this year to merge Groveton and Fort Hunt highs, citing declining enrollment in the eastern part of the county. The new school will be housed in the Groveton building.
Fort Hunt will be converted to an intermediate school, which the board voted last night to name after the poet Carl Sandburg in accord with the wishes of the students who will go there.
Still unresolved are the mascot and colors for the new high school. A student vote narrowly approved the Patriots over the Wolverines, but a student group overseeing the vote felt that another ballot should be taken to gain a clearer consensus.
Students who will attend West Potomac will vote today on four mascot choices -- the Patriots, the Wolverines, the Bulldogs and the Warriors.