A new elementary school in the Ballston Spa Central School District will take the name of the creek that runs behind it.
Gordon Creek Elementary School was the name chosen Wednesday by the district’s Board of Education.
Children at the district’s three elementary schools on the Wood Road campus in Milton are already familiar with Gordon Creek because their nature center is on its banks. The creek runs past the school into the village of Ballston Spa, winding past the Brookside Museum and Old Iron Spring Park to eventually connect with the Kayaderosseras Creek near William Kelley Memorial Park.
It is named for James Gordon, the town of Ballston’s first supervisor.
Local historians briefed the classes on local geographical features and historical figures before the students made their preliminary choices, which were narrowed twice in votes.
The Board of Education voted unanimously for the Gordon Creek name after hearing a presentation from student council members from Milton Terrace South Elementary School. The students presented four names that were selected in a schoolwide vote in November: Gordon Creek, Brookside, Iron Springs and Ballston Springs.
Milton Terrace South students will move into the new school in June after it is completed. District officials wanted to name the school to differentiate it from the adjoining Milton Terrace North.
The similarity in name between Milton Terrace North and South has long confused parents, visitors and even the state Department of Education.
Now that a new name has been chosen, the district has six months to order all new signs, stationery, business cards and T-shirts with the school name.
“Everything going forward has to say Gordon Creek Elementary on it,” said district spokesman Stuart Williams.
Construction started in late March on the 81,000-square-foot building. The $26.5 million project is one of several parts of a $49.3 million slate of construction funding that voters approved in a 2010 referendum.