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Posted on: January 27, 2021

Decatur ISD STEM campus named for Enises

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By Brian Knox  Wise County Messenger

Decatur ISD’s newest campus now has a name.

At Monday’s meeting, the Decatur School Board voted to name the planned STEM academy at the former intermediate school the Decatur ISD STEM Academy at Grady (Bud) and Joyce Enis Elementary School.

Superintendent Joseph Coburn provided the board with the results of last month’s survey on the naming of the campus, which drew 116 responses. The majority of voters wanted to name it the Decatur ISD STEM Academy.

“We basically said, do you want to call it the Decatur ISD STEM Academy or do you want to name it after somebody?” Coburn said. “It was a bit of a mixed bag. It was about two-thirds and one-third, 65 and 35 (percent), and then there was definitely a prevailing name, the Enis family, two longtime Decatur ISD educators.”

Coburn said those results led to further discussion about what the appropriate name should be.

“Tradition matters here in Decatur, as well it should, and we’ve got a long-standing tradition – I think its a pretty cool one – of having educator families who have dedicated themselves to the district, become the namesakes for schools,” he said. “You guys really saw the advantages to both. There are certainly branding advantages to the Decatur ISD STEM Academy but also the honoring of tradition.”

In the end, the administration decided to put forth a recommendation that would include both suggestions.

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