KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to discuss and possibly take action on naming Keyser's South End Park after Keyser veteran Clifton E. Brooks Sr.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to discuss and possibly take action on naming Keyser’s South End Park after Keyser veteran Clifton E. Brooks Sr.
Keyser mayor Damon Tillman had approached the board with the idea last month, because although the city operates and maintains the park, the property is actually owned by the board of education.
The members of the board promised to put the request on an upcoming agenda, but said they would open it up to any other name suggestions the public might want to submit for consideration.
“I think we’d be a little bit out of order to just give our blessing without that process taking place,” board member Rob Woy had said.
Woy noted that the BOE had recently named the gym floor at Keyser Middle School for Dan Dawson, but the process had been opened to ideas and recommendations before any decision was made.
Emphasizing that he is not in opposition to the park being named after Mr. Brooks, he said, “I think the main thing is that its opened up to the public to make sure everyone understands the recommendation.
“Personally, I think its a great tribute to him…. I know his kids. They were good athletes and good people. They grew up in the South End,” he said.
Mr. Brooks served with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black company of pilots, mechanics and technicians who served during World War II.
According to the agenda for Tuesday’s BOE meeting, superintendent Shawn Dilly is expected to make the recommendation to name the park after Brooks.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the board office, 36 Baker Place, Keyser.